Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee

PBHA's Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee works with undergraduates to gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for public service law careers.

Application Information:

To join the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee, email hulc@pbha.org.

Student Director Contact Information:

hulc@pbha.org

Staff Contact Information:

Matias Ramos

matias@pbha.org

617-496-8710

PBHA’s Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee aims to connect undergraduates to public interest law organizations, law school students, and professionals in order to help undergraduates gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for public service law careers.

The program works to:

  • serve the local community by placing undergraduate volunteers in local public service law and advocacy organizations.
  • provide undergraduates with an opportunity to experience public interest law first-hand by exposing them to community needs and allowing them to witness how law can be used to address these needs.
  • use the law as a tool of social justice and empowerment for those who need it the most.
  • develop close mentor relationships between the volunteers and their supervising attorneys, or between undergraduates and their law school mentors.
  • provide undergraduates with opportunities to learn about public interest law through speaker events, field trips to pertinent government and law institutions, and an annual Public Interest and Law Conference.
  • provide a forum for undergraduates interested in public interest law to express their views on current issues through the Public Interest Journal.

Programs

The Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee offers a variety of engagement opportunities to students interested in pursuing public interest law.

Internship Program – Places undergraduates in public service law organizations in the Cambridge and Boston area. During the term, interns learn how law can be used to enact social change. This program is meant to give students first-hand exposure to public service law by surrounding them with people who have experience in the field and allowing them to participate in the activities of renowned organizations, such as the Greater Boston Legal Services and the District Attorney’s Office.

Mentors and Speakers Program – Pairs members with students at Harvard Law School in order to better understand the public interest law field. The Speaker Series offers an opportunity to explore different areas of public interest law through talks, discussions and lectures from professors and professionals. All members are welcome and encouraged to take part.

Outreach and Outings – Exposes students to public interest law careers and opportunities. Outreach and Outings also works to foster strong relationships with public interest law firms around the Boston area and student organizations at Harvard Law School. Through the Advocacy Campaign, members have the opportunity to work with legislators to draft laws. Field trips to public interest law sites (such as court rooms, law firms, and foster homes) are open to all HULC members.

The Journal for Public Interest – Founded in the spring of 2013 with the purpose of providing students a forum to write on and discuss all things public interest related. With the creation of the JPI, HULC aims to foster a greater engagement on campus with public interest work. The JPI is entirely written and published by Harvard undergraduates, and the Journal does not ascribe to any particular ideology or viewpoint. Though the focus of the Journal is on issues that are relevant to the public interest, HULC seeks to unite students across all disciplines in order to provide a diverse range of perspectives and opinions. Articles and submissions on any topic are welcomed, so long as they have an eye towards the public interest.

To learn more about the Harvard Undergraduate Legal Committee, including information about internship opportunities and other programming details, visit their website.

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