The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a national organization with over 400,000 members, has been at the forefront of the fight to secure and protect the rights guaranteed by our Constitution since 1920.
The HLS ACLU is a student-run organization. The chapter aims to advance and promote awareness of civil liberties and constitutional rights on the Harvard campus by hosting speakers and organizing events throughout the school year. We focus on core issues of freedom of speech and religion, racial justice, privacy, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, and many more issue areas. ACLU members assist state ACLU branches, the national ACLU, and other organizations in research and advocacy relating to civil rights and civil liberties issues. The HLS ACLU is unique among student organizations in that it gives students an opportunity to explore different issue areas within the field of civil rights and civil liberties. Our members can take on projects in a variety of issue areas, such as criminal law reform and housing, which allows them to gain practical experience early in law school.
HLS ACLU also offers career opportunities for students who are considering working for the ACLU as a summer intern or after graduation. The organization works closely with the ACLU of Massachusetts and will host ACLU networking events throughout the year. The group can be a great stepping-stone to an ACLU or civil rights job opportunity, or simply a way to learn more about civil rights issues and meet like-minded students.