The Project Established in 2012 as part of the Legal Services Center's Predatory Lending/Consumer Protection Clinic, the Project on Predatory Student Lending utilizes litigation and advocacy to make it legally and financially impossible for the predatory for-profit college industry to cheat students, and to relieve borrowers from fraudulent student loan debt. The for-profit college industry exploits the promise of higher education, and perpetrates a massive fraud on students who are trying to build a better life. It transfers billions of dollars of taxpayer funds intended to support higher education to corporate profits, leaving students and families poorer than they started. Rather than providing opportunity, the industry reinforces existing societal inequalities by specifically targeting people of color, women, immigrants, veterans, the unemployed, and first-generation college goers. The Project provides direct legal services to former students of for-profit colleges across the country, and has an active docket of high-impact cases. To learn more about the Project's work, including our significant recent cases, please visit www.projectonpredatorystudentlending.org.
The Job Our attorneys lead complex and cutting-edge litigation in the areas of consumer protection, administrative law, bankruptcy, and anti-discrimination. They maintain strong relationships with our clients and our partners, and forge new partnerships.
The Project is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive environment, and seeks to increase the diversity of people engaged in consumer law, and economic justice and consumer advocacy. Harvard offers generous benefits including paid time off and health insurance.
This is a term appointment currently expected to extend to June 30, 2019, subject to funding and departmental need.
All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates must have a J.D. and be admitted to the Massachusetts bar or have the ability to receive temporary admission pursuant to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:04. Three years of related experience required.
A minimum of 3 years of litigation experience is preferred. Background in the fields of civil rights, consumer protection, and/or administrative law are especially relevant but not required. Some travel may be required. This is an initial appointment through June 2019, with renewal subject to funding and Project need. The ideal candidate will have:
A passion for the Project's mission;
Exceptional listening skills and a strong ability to convey information orally and in writing;
A commitment to using litigation and advocacy to combat systemic inequality;
An interest in working with clients and colleagues of diverse backgrounds; and
The ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 45292BR
About Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.