The Harvard Immigration Project (HIP) is one of the only organizations that provide students, including first-year law students, the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on legal experience. HIP serves immigrant communities with high-quality advocacy, and the skills students hone in HIP are transferable to many different legal settings. HIP is proud to play a significant role in fostering a strong pro bono culture in the Harvard Law School community.
HIP is comprised of four main projects:
- Direct representation of asylum seekers and refugees from across the Middle East through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP);
- Direct representation of individuals in deportation proceedings through our Removal Defense Project (RDP);
- Immigration Services for clients who seek adjustment of status, family derivative claims (ISP), and other follow-up immigration services; and
- Policy analysis and advocacy in partnership with local immigrants rights organizations through our Policy Project.
In addition to these student practice opportunities, HIP is committed to being a resource for HLS students interested in immigration policies and the rights of noncitizens in the United States, as well as global issues affecting refugees and asylum-seekers worldwide. HIP hosts a number of events and trainings for students throughout the school year, including speakers, career and academic advising, and direct action-campaigns.