The Harvard Asia Law Society is a student organization at Harvard Law School, founded in 1993 to bring together students, faculty, and alumni with a common interest in law and legal practice in Asia. Its mission statement since has been to serve as a bridge between the Asian legal and business worlds and the Harvard Law School community, and to connect law students to academic and professional opportunities both in Asia and relating to Asian law.
When HALS was founded a quarter century ago, the Chinese legal market had only been open to international firms for one year, and the Japanese market for six. Only 17 of the AmLaw100 had offices in Asia. Today that number has risen to 65, and Taiwan, South Korea, and Singapore have followed Japan and China’s lead.
As the oldest and largest student organization of its kind in the United States, HALS’ mission has never been more relevant than it is today. With the support of our sponsors and Harvard Law School faculty and alumni, we aim to continue to foster a new generation of globally-minded legal professionals.
HALS brings together students of diverse backgrounds sharing a desire to learn about law, politics, and business in Asia, and while many members aspire to apply our interests towards future careers, this is certainly not a requirement. The organization welcomes all levels of interest and experience, and we hope you will join us for some of the academic, professional, and social activities we sponsor on campus.
This year’s programming will include a range of events aiming to educate and provide hands-on experience with regard to both current legal and political issues in Asia, as well as access to legal and business oriented career opportunities in Asian markets in private and public interest fields. In addition to panel discussions and speaker events on working in Asia as a 1L or after graduation, we are planning to hold our Asia Career Week in January 2021.
While the world landscape continues to develop in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, HALS will continue to adapt in turn. We may be unable to hold our traditional events, including the Harvard Asia Business Conference at Harvard Business School or our annual delegation trip to East Asia, but we are committed to providing our members and the public at large with educational events and a welcoming community.
We hope you will join us for the many exciting events we have planned for this academic year! For more information on how to get involved with HALS, click the link below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– HALS Board 2020-2021