Reflections of the Class of 2021

As this academic year comes to a close, graduating J.D.s and LL.M.s reflect on their law school experience and share their hopes for the future.

A look back

Harvard Law School 2020 – 2021 year in review

Despite being remote for the 2020 – 2021 academic year, the Harvard Law School community managed to stay connected though a host of online activities, including lectures, student Zoom theme nights, global snack exchanges, and an occasional virtual dance lesson.

Last lectures

The Last Lecture Series is an HLS tradition where selected faculty members impart insight, advice, and final words of wisdom to the graduating class. This year, the speakers chosen by the graduating class were Sabrineh Ardalan, Nikolas Bowie, Andrew Manuel Crespo, and Jeannie Suk Gersen.

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Faculty farewells

Student profiles

Clinical awards

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A passion for public service

A look at the 2021 Clinical and Pro Bono awards winners

Through 44 legal clinics and student practice organizations, Harvard Law students — more than 80 percent of whom participate in at least one law school clinic — provide hundreds of thousands of hours of free legal services to clients across the country and the world each year. Guided by a passion for public service, and driven to make difference, these students help transform communities and the law by supporting people and organizations in need of legal assistance. Each year, the Office of Clinical Pro Bono Programs recognizes graduating students who have exemplified a pro bono public spirit, and demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services in low-income communities.

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Six students singing on zoom; 3 women and two men

‘Nothing is as it has been and I miss your face right now’

The story behind Scales of Justice's commemorative graduation performance of "Rivers and Roads"

Caroline Horrow ’21, who has served as one of the group’s music directors for the past two years, spoke with Harvard Law Today about what inspired them to choose this song and the challenges and joy of being a Scales of Justice member during this pandemic year.

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