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Fall 2024 Clinic

Religious Freedom Clinic

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Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.

Required Class Component: Religious Freedom Clinic Seminar (2 fall classroom credits). The clinic and its classroom component are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in the required seminar.

Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None.

By Permission: Yes. Application are due by May 8, 2024. Applications from LLM and transfer students are due July 19, 2024.

Add/Drop Deadline: August 23, 2024.

LLM Students: LLM students may apply to the clinic by the July 19 deadline .

Placement Site: HLS.

About the Clinic: The Religious Freedom Clinic provides students a hands-on, supervised experience representing a diverse group of clients in legal matters raising First Amendment and religious liberty issues. In the clinic, students represent religious individuals and organizations of all faiths, with a focus on helping the imprisoned, victims of workplace discrimination, and those facing obstacles in ministering to migrants, the poor, and their communities. Under the supervision of the clinic’s director and staff, clinic students engage in client counseling, policy work, pre-trial and trial litigation, appellate advocacy, and amicus work in cases of national importance.

Application Process: Admission to the Religious Freedom Clinic is by permission of the Clinic Director, Professor McDaniel. Students should submit an application to jmcdaniel@law.harvard.edu by May 17, 2024. (Applications after that date will be considered if additional seats become available.) The application should be in a combined PDF that includes a resume and a statement of interest of 250 words or less describing the student’s reasons for applying to the clinic, relevant coursework, and which semesters (fall and/or spring) the student is applying for.