Harvard University and Harvard Law School
Logo/Trademark Guidelines

Policies set forth by the University in regard to how Harvard trademarks may be used


In March 2016 the Harvard Corporation announced the decision to retire the use of the
Harvard Law School shield. 

All HLSA Clubs and Shared Interest Groups must remove the HLS Shield from all materials and refrain from using the HLS Shield in any/all forms of communication (Web, Print, & Email). 

Harvard Name and Trademark Guidelines

Harvard University is increasingly concerned about the ways its name and symbols (or trademarks, such as “Harvard” and the “VERITAS shield”) are being used by third parties. The Trademark Program is responsible for protecting the University’s trademarks around the world and for licensing their use by third parties. The University’s ability to both protect and control the use of its trademarks by others is enhanced because we have obtained, and are continuing to obtain, legal protection for many of Harvard’s trademarks worldwide. To the extent that the University can unify the ways its trademarks are used, the better its chances of being able to stop unauthorized third parties from using the Harvard trademarks in objectionable ways and in ways which jeopardize the University’s reputation. Harvard Law School Association (HLSA) Clubs and Shared Interesst Groups (SIGs) can help with this effort by notifying the Trademark Program whenever its members become aware of any unauthorized uses of the Harvard name.

Since HLSA Clubs and SIGs are part of the Harvard University community, it is important that they adhere to policies set forth by the University in regard to how Harvard trademarks may be used. HLSA Clubs and SIGs, like all other Harvard University units, need to comply with policies set forth in the “Policy on the Use of Harvard Names and Insignias” located on the Harvard Trademark Program's webpage: http://www.trademark.harvard.edu.

In addition to what is set forth in the Provost’s policy, the following rules apply to all HLSA Clubs and SIGs:
  1. All HLSA Clubs and SIGs recognize that the “Harvard,” “VERITAS shield,” “Harvard Law School,” “Harvard Club,” “Harvard Law School Club,” “Harvard Law School Association,” “HLSA Club,” “HLSA SIG,” “Harvard Law Society,” and “Harvard Law Club” names and all other University trademarks (names, shields, and logos) are the sole property of the President and Fellows of Harvard College and are used by permission of the University.
  2. HLSA Clubs and SIGs may not alter the Harvard “VERITAS shield,” “HLSA logo,” or “Harvard Law School logo (aka HLS Name or HLS wordmark)” in any way. Newly created shields or Harvard Law School logos incorporating an HLSA Club’s or SIG’s name or logo are not permissible.
  3. All HLSA Clubs and SIGs understand that they may only use the following names and shields: “Harvard Law School Club,” “HLSA Club,” “HLSA SIG,” “Harvard Law School Association,” “HLS Association,” “Harvard Law Society,” “Harvard Law Club,” "HLSA Logo", and “VERITAS shield” (except where permission has been granted).  Moreover, these names and marks may only be used to identify the Club or SIG on websites, signage, letterhead, business cards, and on some products (as defined below). Permission must be obtained from the Harvard Trademark Office in order to use these marks for any purpose other than noted above or in order to use any University trademark other than those noted above. HLSA Clubs and SIGs activities should always be described as being undertaken by the “Harvard Law School Club/Association (SIG) of _____” and not by “Harvard Law School,” “Harvard,” or “Harvard University.”
  4. Registration of any of Harvard’s trademarks anywhere in the world, including but not limited to “HLSA Club (or SIG) of ____,” “Harvard Law Society of ____,” “Harvard Law School Club of ____,” and “Harvard Law School Association of ____,” can only be done with written permission of the Trademark Program and any such registration must be owned by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.
  5. HLSA Clubs and SIGs may sell items (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) bearing the HLSA Club/SIG name alone or in combination with the VERITAS shield only to their members.
  6. HLSA Clubs and SIGs may give away items (t-shirts, mugs, etc.) bearing the HLSA Club/SIG name alone or in combination with the VERITAS shield to their members or to donors.
  7. HLSA Clubs and SIGs may not sell any items bearing any of the University’s trademarks, including the HLSA Club/SIG name alone or in combination with the VERITAS shield to the general public.
In cases where an HLSA Club or SIG feels it has a situation that should be considered an exception to any of the above rules, please contact one of the following: Harvard Law School Alumni Relations at hlsa@law.harvard.edu, or the Trademark Program at trademark_program@harvard.edu.

Using the Harvard Law School Name Logo

If a Club or SIG wishes to use the HLS name logo as part of the Club's/SIG's identification, advance permission must be provided by HLS Alumni Relations - hlsa@law.harvard.edu


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Phone: 617-495-2425
Email: hlsa@law.harvard.edu