Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
We are a student-run civil legal aid organization committed to providing free representation to low-income and marginalized communities in the Greater Boston area.
This is an ongoing program.
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on weekdays!
Contact us by telephone during ordinary business hours, 9AM to 5PM.
- Sign-up is ongoing
Call us during our hours of business to discuss registration and help us understand the nature of your case.
- In-person only.
23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Attn: Susana Arteta
Cambridge, MA 02139
Students and staff aim to provide these services in a way that responds to the systemic racial, social, and economic inequalities that are the causes and consequences of poverty. To that end, the Bureau trains its student attorneys to advocate vigorously for their clients, create enduring community partnerships, and become socially conscious leaders. If you need a lawyer but can't afford one, we can help!
The Bureau is an entirely student-run non-profit law firm currently composed of approximately 50 second and third year Harvard Law School students who provide free civil legal services to a diverse population of low-income clients in the Greater Boston area. The Bureau employs seven practicing attorneys, each with extensive public interest and private practice experience, who train students, accompany them in court, provide strategic advice, and assist in case management. The Bureau also has a managing attorney and faculty director, who supervises the ongoing activities of the organization and serves as a liaison between the Bureau and the Law School, and an administrative director, who oversees office operations.
The Bureau specializes in five major areas of practice: housing law, including evictions from public and private apartments; family law, including divorce, child custody, paternity, visitation, and support issues; government benefits law, including appeals of the denial or termination of welfare, food stamps, unemployment, or social security disability benefits; fair wage law, including nonpayment or underpayment of wages; and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status cases, supporting foreign children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.