The Animal Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School is inviting applications for a full-time Clinical Instructor.

The Clinic focuses on the following core areas: federal animal welfare enforcement (captive animals); wildlife and biodiversity; and farmed animal welfare with a global focus. Through the Clinic, students are introduced to a range of federal and state laws that impact animals, including the Endangered Species Act, the Animal Welfare Act, the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Students learn how to advance the interests of animals through litigation, administrative rulemaking, policy initiatives, and other legal advocacy avenues. During the academic year, the Clinical Instructor will supervise and assess the work of up to eight Harvard Law School students per semester, which involves meeting regularly with students to discuss case strategy; reviewing and editing students’ written work; accompanying students to any court, legislative, or administrative hearing; and providing regular feedback, both written and oral, on their performance. The Clinical Instructor will meet regularly with the Clinic Director to share information and strategies and help teach the weekly two-hour Clinic Seminar. The Clinical Instructor additionally will be expected to collaborate on and participate in initiatives of the entire HLS Clinical Program, including orientation, trainings, and retreats. During summer transitions between academic years, the Clinical Instructor will be responsible for managing any ongoing projects and cases.

Position Description

As a Clinical Instructor you will:

  1. Help teach the Clinic Seminar each semester;
    Develop and lead the work on multiple Clinic projects, which includes managing and directing the day-to-day project work, managing relationships with clients and partners, and developing and implementing long-term strategic goals for the project;
  2. Supervise clinical students on projects and train them on a broad range of lawyering skills including problem-solving; law and policy analysis; research and writing; oral communication; teamwork and collaboration; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and leadership;
  3. Help students improve their substantive knowledge of the law in the areas presented by the projects;
  4. Deliver talks and trainings and present the Clinic’s work at national conferences and events;
    Oversee administrative tasks of the Clinic, including event planning, student outreach, communications, development, and other tasks that arise;
  5. Engage in outreach that highlights the Clinic’s work to promote a deeper understanding of how animal protection issues affect other public interest fields, and foster collaboration across public interest lawyering;
  6. Help develop strategies and projects for the ongoing growth and success of the innovative work of the Clinic; and
  7. Perform other duties as assigned by the Clinic Director concerning the work of the Clinic.

Basic Qualifications

J.D. earned at least three years ago, minimum of three years of relevant legal practice experience, active membership in at least one state bar, and eligibility to be admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

We are looking for people who have:

  • 3 years of relevant litigation experience is an asset.
  • 5 years of relevant legal practice experience is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with clinical pedagogy and in training, supervising, teaching, and mentoring junior lawyers or law students is a plus.
  • Motivation, initiative, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in teams. Willingness to work with patience and flexibility within a student-run law clinic.
  • A commitment to pursuing excellence in all facets of work.
  • Experience in animal law, particularly international animal law related to farmed animals, is an asset, though candidates with experience in related practice areas (such as food law, environmental law, labor law, administrative law, or international human rights) will be considered so long as they demonstrate a willingness to quickly expand their knowledge in the realm of animal law and policy.

Additional Information

This is a two-year appointment subject to funding and departmental need. We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions. All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Work Format Details

This is an in-person position during the academic year. During the summer, there is flexibility as to where the Clinical Instructor is located. All remote work must be performed within a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (CA, CT, GA, IL, NJ, MA, MD, ME, NH, NY, RI, VA, VT, and WA).

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Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School is a place where you can thrive.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on the date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary caregivers.

Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

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Department Office Location: USA – MA – Cambridge

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