Opportunities for Students

Student Fellowship

The Center on the Legal Profession Student Fellowship Program is a one-year program designed for Harvard Law School students interested in learning more about the structures, norms, and dynamics of the global legal profession.

As a Student Fellow, you will conduct original, empirical research on the legal profession, produce scholarly pieces and “short form” thought leadership (essays, blogs, podcasts, videos, etc.), and receive in-depth mentorship from a dynamic community of researchers and practitioners exploring issues ranging from legal careers to diversity and inclusion to globalization to legal education to innovation.

Our Student Fellowship Program includes three main components:

  1. producing an independent, empirical research paper project on the legal profession with the goal of publication in a scholarly journal and/or the Center’s digital magazine, The Practice;
  2. creating “short form” thought leadership pieces for the Center’s various publications on a range of topics; and
  3. acting as an active member of our vibrant intellectual community, including mentorship and privileged access to Center workshops, conferences, and other events.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Research Assistants

The Center on the Legal Profession regularly hires registered Harvard students (including incoming 1Ls) to provide help with our research projects. If you are interested in becoming a CLP research assistant, please email Bryon Fong at [email protected].

CLP Paper Prize

The purpose of this prize is to encourage deeper reflection and consideration by Harvard Law School students about their chosen profession, its role in society, and the many challenges that lawyers face in a rapidly-changing world.

Paper topics must relate to the legal profession itself or to a related aspect of the delivery of professional services. This could include (but is not limited to) topics such as legal careers, the role, structure and management of law firms, in-house legal departments, and other public and private sector legal service providers, diversity or gender-related issues, the impact of globalization or other social trends upon the profession, the role of lawyers and legal institutions in society, changes in the profession over time, comparisons between lawyers and other professional service providers, and the like.

For the first decade of this prize, it was generously supported by the law firm of Davis Polk.