What is the Recording Artists Project clinical program?
The RAP clinical program is offered through the Harvard Law School Office of Clinical Programs, and is an opportunity for students to do hands-on legal work for musicians and other entertainment clients throughout the Boston area.
What kind of work will I be doing?
You will be doing a variety of entertainment transactional work. Client issues range from trademark, copyright, licensing, contracts, and business entity formation.
Do I have to enroll in the clinical program to work on RAP cases?
No! Students who don't have enough time to enroll in the clinical program are welcome to participate in our Fall training session. After this one-day session, you will be assigned to a client team of HLS students and given a RAP client.
What are the benefits of doing the clinical?
Not only does the clinical provide the kind of hands-on learning not found in other law school courses, but it allows students to interact with members of the Boston community. RAP participation also satisfies HLS' pro bono hours requirement. Enrolling in the clinical also counts for class credits for their work on RAP cases.
I'm convinced, I want to do it. How do I sign up?
Register for any one of these Harvard classes through the Office of Clinical Programs: Transactional Practice Clinical Workshop. Signing up for any one of these classes automatically registers you in the Transactional Law Clinics, the parent organization of RAP. Once registered, you must specify your preference for the RAP clinical when asked.
How much time do I need to commit?
In addition to the class of your choosing, you will have the option of doing 3 or 4 credits work of clinical work. Each credit translates into 5 hours per week of clinical time.