Welcome Class of 2023!

The Harvard Law School Immigration Project (HIP) is a student practice organization that provides students, including first-year law students, the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on legal experience. HIP serves immigrant communities with high-quality advocacy, and the skills students hone in HIP are transferable to many different legal settings. HIP is proud to play a significant role in fostering a strong pro bono culture in the Harvard Law School community. We know this year will be very different in a remote environment, but we hope to be a resource for you in supporting our local community, especially during COVID-19, and starting your legal careers.

HIP is comprised of four main projects for the year:

  1. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP): Working with IRAP National in ongoing advocacy and representation of asylum seekers and refugees;
  2. Removal Defense Project (RDP) & Policy Initiative: Working on removal policy projects and broader immigration law policy work, like public comments and white papers;
  3. Immigration Services Project (ISP): Direct services for clients who seek adjustment of status, family derivative claims, and other follow-up immigration services; and
  4. Community Outreach Initiative (COI): Working with community partners throughout the Boston community on client intake and assessment, directly counseling clients on legal matters and Know Your Rights presentations. 

In addition to these student practice opportunities, HIP is committed to being a resource for HLS students interested in immigration policies and the rights of noncitizens in the United States, as well as global issues affecting refugees and asylum-seekers worldwide. HIP hosts a number of events and trainings for students throughout the school year, including speakers, career and academic advising, and direct action-campaigns.

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. 

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