BSA Application Process

The Board of Student Advisers is an organization of second- and third-year law students who serve as teaching assistants in the first-year Legal Research and Writing course at HLS, act as advisers and mentors for 1L students, and run the Ames Competition. The BSA therefore seeks students who are passionate about academics, involved in the HLS community, willing mentors, and excited about the prospect of joining the BSA. Becoming a member of the BSA is a two-year commitment.  Students are eligible to apply to the BSA during the spring of their 1L year.  Dual degree students are welcomed to apply in the spring of their 1L year. Transfer students are welcomed to apply in the spring of their 2L year. While students may apply to the BSA, Law Review, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) simultaneously, if a student is selected for more than one organization, he or she must commit to only one organization.

Important Dates

  • February 18: Joint Info Session with HLR and HLAB
  • February 25: BSA Application Goes Live Here (see below)
  • March 23: BSA Application Closes at 5:00 PM EST
  • March 30 – April 1: Interviews, including mock student conferences, take place
  • Mid-July: Notification of decisions

How to Apply

  • STEP 1: Complete the BSA registration form
  • STEP 2: Download and complete the BSA application materials (below)
  • STEP 3: Submit application according to directions in application packet by 5:00 PM  EST on March 21
  • STEP 4: Schedule interviews, which will include mock student conferences, according to directions in the application packet
  • STEP 5: Attend two interviews


Application Materials – Due March 23rd at 5:00 PM EST

Due at Interview: March 30 – April 1

Interviews & Mock Student Conferences: March 30 – April 1

  • You will participate in two in-person interviews.
  • Each interview will include: (1) a mock student conference based on the mock student work assignment in the application materials; and (2) a typical interview question & answer period.

If you have questions, please contact J.V. Langkilde at or Tala Doumani at