Harvard Defenders

Student advocates in Harvard Defenders provide free representation to low-income individuals accused in criminal show-cause hearings before clerk magistrates. We seek to reduce the harm of the criminal legal system on community members through client-centered, compassionate, and persuasive legal practice.

If you have been notified by a court to appear at a criminal show-cause hearing before a clerk-magistrate, or wish to take advantage of our legal referral services, please contact us.

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resources for students 

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.