Apply to the BSA

BSA Application Process for the Class of 2016

The Board of Student Advisers is an organization of second- and third-year law students who serve as teaching assistants in the first-year Legal Research and Writing course at HLS, act as advisers and mentors for 1L students, and run the Ames Competition. The BSA therefore seeks students who are academically successful, involved in the HLS community, willing mentors, and excited about the prospect of joining the BSA. Becoming a member of the BSA is a two-year commitment.  Students are eligible to apply to the BSA during the spring of their 1L year.  While students may apply to the BSA, Law Review, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) simultaneously, if a student is selected for more than one organization, he or she must commit to only one organization.

The BSA Application is Now Available

Step 1: Registration Form

Please complete this form before downloading and beginning the application process. Completing this form allows us to communicate with you throughout the application process. It does not obligate you to complete the application.

Step 2: Download and Complete the BSA Application.

Step 3: Download and Complete the Mock Student Work Assignment.

Should you wish to type your comments on the Mock Student Outlines, you can download word versions here.

Please note that professor recommendations are not due until May 2nd. You do not have to submit the name of your professor recommender by March 7th, though we do recommend getting the recommendation form to your professor soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Dena Haibi at

BSA Recruitment Events

If you’re interested in applying for the Board of Student Advisers, we would love for you to come to one of our upcoming recruitment events:

  • BSA Party: Wednesday, February 26th, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM in the Pub
  • Brown Bag Lunches with the Executive Board of the BSA: February 26th and 28th, March 3rd and 6th, 12:00 PM–1:00 PM. Fill out this form to sign-up.  Sign-up soon, space is limited and spots will be given out in the order we receive forms.