BSA Application Process for the Class of 2020

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 academically successful, 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.

The BSA Application is Available Starting February 14

Important Dates

How to Apply

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

Application Materials

Due March 4th at 5:00 PM

  • Registration Form
  • Statement of Interest
  • Interests and Extracurricular Activities List
  • Resume

Note: professor recommendations due May 1st

Due at Interview

  • Transcript Release Form
  • Mock Conference Materials
    • Student Outlines
    • Bluebook Exercise

Interviews & Mock Student Conferences: March 19th – March 31st

  • 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