On September 16, 2015, the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs together with Student Practice Organization Leaders hosted a panel discussion to introduce students to opportunities to practice law on a pro bono basis at HLS. Over 250 students attended the event.
Student representatives from the 11 Student Practice Organizations (SPOs) discussed the projects, culture, and structure of their organizations, many of them referring to the work they’ve done in SPOs as meaningful and life changing. SPOs, the students said, are an avenue for building new friendships with upperclassmen and creating a tight-knit community at HLS.
Every year, hundreds of students participate in SPOs, working on legal matters under the supervision of attorneys who are experts in their field of law. While they don’t receive academic credit, their work hours can count towards the HLS Pro Bono Graduation Requirement.