The Harvard Immigration Project (HIP) is a Student Practice Organization at Harvard Law School. We provide community outreach, education and advocacy, and pro bono legal representation to immigrants through four main projects: Community Outreach and Training, Immigration Services, Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), and Bond Hearing Representation. HIP seeks to:
First, provide opportunities for students to gain practical and meaningful experience in immigration law, and to serve immigrant communities with high-quality legal representation;
Second, advocate for positive changes in U.S. immigration law with an emphasis on protecting immigrant’s rights;
Third, provide a forum for Harvard Law students interested in immigration law and policy, and to raise the profile on campus of immigration policy issues;
Fourth, bring together students who are interested in doing academic research for the purpose of exchanging ideas and critiques;
Finally, provide professional networking opportunities for students interested in immigration law.
As members of the Harvard Immigration Project, LLMs, first, second, and third-year law Harvard Law students work as part of student-led teams under the supervision of clinical instructor Phil Torrey and local pro bono attorneys, and in collaboration with local, national, and international legal and policy organizations to promote immigrants’ rights. In addition, HIP hosts a number of events and trainings for members throughout the school year including speakers, career and academic advising, and direct action campaigns.
HIP offers extensive opportunities for students to take on leadership roles and contribute to shaping the scope of the organization so that it may better serve immigrant communities. If you’d like to get involved, contact us.