Harvard Defenders

Harvard Defenders, a student practice organization at Harvard Law School, provides free representation to low-income defendants in criminal show-cause hearings before clerk-magistrates. Working to ensure defendants receive quality representation, we enrich students’ education and encourage them to become thoughtful, compassionate, and persuasive legal practitioners.

If you have been notified by a court to appear at a criminal show-cause hearing before a clerk-magistrate, please contact us.

If you wish to take advantage of our legal referral services, please contact us.

Resources for Students

resources for students 

For Those Seeking Help


Jack T. Litman Fellowship


Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students requesting accessibility resources or accommodations in any of HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs may work with Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services to discuss and register for accommodations.