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Library Services for Clinics and SPOs

Library services and policies for HLS clinics and SPOs



Welcome, HLS Clinics and SPOs!

The following guide provides information relating to the services provided by the Harvard Law School Library for those associated with a clinic or SPO.

For more about HLS Library services, please visit our Research Guides, the HLS Library website, and our For Students or For Faculty pages.

For further information on Harvard Law School Clinics and SPOs visit the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs website.  

Liaisons & Contacts


If you cannot determine your clinic's or SPO's library liaison based upon the following lists, please contact for further information and help. 

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. The following boxes provide information and links to useful research tools and library aid available. 

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 - request a customizable research class through InstaClass
  • Research training sessions for clinical/SPO staff and faculty - visit the Research Training Calendar to view times and locations for classes and to sign up for a research class
  • Individual meetings with staff and students to support specific research projects - determine your Clinic/SPO Liaison and set up a Research Appointment

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

Utilize the HLS Library's extensive resources:


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. The following box provides information on some of the services offered. Please contact your clinic's Research Librarian 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 - contact your Clinic Liaison to schedule a Research Appointment
  • Identify relevant print and on-line sources - utilize all of the available HLS Library Research Resources
  • Develop efficient research skills - contact your Clinic/SPO Liaison for more information
  • Navigate library collections and services - search Hollis for HLS library holdings and browse our Databases for additional resources 
  • Identify tools and resources to support your research projects and organize your research - contact your Clinic/SPO Liaison for more information on the Research Services available

Resources: Clinical/SPO Teaching

Best Bets for Clinical/SPO Teaching

Clinical Law Prof Blog

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Clinical Research Guides

Access to MCLE

Harvard Law School Library now subscribes to the MCLE OnlinePass

The MCLE OnlinePass provides total access to a fully-searchable electronic database containing all of MCLE’s live webcasts, archived webcasts, books, forms, practice-area professional development plans. It is a comprehensive subscription to everything MCLE offers online.

The 7 major practice areas include:

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

Visit the MCLE website from any on-campus location or use this link for off campus access.


Contact Us!

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

 Call Reference & Research Services, 617-495-4516

 Text Ask a Librarian, 617-702-2728


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Visit Us Library and Reference 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.


If you are seeking legal advice, please refer to the following websites for information on how to get legal advice or find a lawyer:

Harvard Legal Assistance 

American Bar Legal Assistance

Mass Legal Help

Please consult this printable guide for information about Boston-area law libraries and legal resources.

For public law libraries in other states, try this State, Court and County Law Libraries directory

If you are looking for free sources for legal research, please consult our Free Legal Research Sources guide