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Library Services for Clinics and SPOs

Library services and policies for HLS clinics and SPOs




This guide provides information relating to the services provided by the Harvard Law School Library for those associated with HLS clinics or SPOs.

Library Liaisons

Library Liaisons for Clinics & SPOs

Your clinic or SPO will have a library liaison who can help connect you to our services.

If  your library liaison isn't on this list, please contact . 

Liaison Assignments

Library Services: Faculty & Staff

Library Services for Clinics and SPOs

The legal research specialists at the Harvard Law School Library are available to help support your clinic's or SPO’s faculty, staff and students with your research needs.

Please note that the librarians cannot do research for you.

Research Skills and Techniques

The librarians can help your clinic’s or SPO's faculty, staff and students develop efficient research skills and techniques through: 

  • In-class or stand alone training classes for students on specific topics or tools 
  • Research training sessions for clinical/SPO staff and faculty 
  • Individual meetings with staff and students to support specific research projects


Scheduling Library Training

To schedule training for your organization, please email us at

  • Include a description of the topic and any specific resources you'd like covered
  • We require at least 1 week advance notice for scheduling and preparation
  • Additional advance notice may be needed for scheduling during September and February. 

Develop Online Content

Librarians can help develop on-line content to support clinical/SPO projects through:

  • The creation of Research Guides for courses or projects
  • Gathering research resources for clinical course Canvas sites

HLS Library Services

Library Services: Students

Library Services for Clinical/SPO Students

The legal research specialists at the Harvard Law School Library are available to help you with your clinical/SPO research. Please contact your clinic's library liaison for more information. 

Please note that the librarians cannot do research for you.

Services Offered

The HLS Library offers many services to help aid Clinical/SPO Students fulfill their research needs.  The librarians can help you:

  • Develop a research plan 
  • Identify relevant print and on-line sources
  • Develop efficient research skills 
  • Navigate library collections and services
  • Identify tools and resources to support your research projects and organize your research

Resources: Clinical/SPO Teaching

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Clinical Research Guides

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)

MCLE OnlinePass provides total access to a fully-searchable electronic database containing all of MCLE’s books, forms, live and archived webcasts and practice-area professional development plans.  It includes material for Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Major practice areas include:

  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • Estate Planning & Administration
  • Family Law
  • Real Estate & Environmental Law 


Westlaw, Lexis & BloombergLaw

Database Access

Harvard Law School students are given access to Westlaw, Lexis & BloombergLaw when they arrive on campus. 

New clinical faculty, staff members, fellows and others

Vendor Contacts


Contact Us!

  Ask Us! Submit a question or search our knowledge base.

Chat with us! Chat  with a librarian (HLS only)


 Contact Historical & Special Collections at

 Meet with Us  Schedule an online consult with a Librarian

Hours  Library Hours

Classes View Training Calendar or Request an Insta-Class

Use our Guides

Feel free to search through our research guides using the search bar above.  You can also browse through published guides from across the entire Harvard University Library system.


The Harvard Law School Library is not a public library. If you are not affiliated with Harvard, please contact one of the public law libraries linked below.

Note also that Reference Librarians do not practice law and, therefore, are not permitted to:

  • conduct legal research for patrons
  • provide legal advice or opinions
  • read a legal authority over the phone, even if provided with a citation

If you require legal assistance, please the the resources collected at the links below. 

For free sources for legal research, please consult our guide.