Welcome Class of 2021!

The Harvard Law School 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:

  1. International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP): Direct representation of asylum seekers and refugees from across the Middle East through the International Refugee Assistance Project;
  2. Removal Defense Project (RDP): Direct representation of individuals in deportation proceedings through our Removal Defense Project;
  3. Immigration Services Project (ISP): Immigration Services for clients who seek adjustment of status, family derivative claims, and other follow-up immigration services; and
  4. Community Outreach Initiative (COI): Know Your Rights presentations and Advice & Counsel Legal Clinics throughout the Boston community. 

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.

Harvard Law School is committed to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in the life of the University. Students requesting accessibility resources or accommodations in any of HLS’s Clinical and Pro Bono Programs may work with Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office. If you are a student with a documented disability and you are requesting accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services to discuss and register for accommodations.