HLS at a Glance

1817

Founded in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States and is home to the largest academic law library in the world.

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1,990

Approximately 1,990 students attend HLS each year:

  • 1,750 J.D. students
  • 180 LL.M. students
  • 60 S.J.D. candidates
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250+

The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors. The curriculum of more than 260 courses and seminars covers a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields.

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The HLS Experience

  • Our Faculty

    Leading specialists in every subject area

    Our Faculty

    Leading specialists in every subject area

    The centerpiece of the HLS experience is working directly with scholars who shape the landscape of American and international law. Beyond the classroom, students provide critical support to faculty producing cutting-edge research and influencing the development of the law and of societies around the world.
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  • Programs of Study

    A guide to approach particular subjects and potential careers

    Programs of Study

    A guide to approach particular subjects and potential careers

    HLS faculty developed Programs of Study to guide students through their three years at law school. The Programs of Study are also a tool for better coordination and collaboration between faculty members and reflect the best advice from faculty about how to approach particular subjects and potential careers.
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  • The Clinical Experience

    Hands-on Learning

    The Clinical Experience

    Hands-on Learning

    The Clinical Legal Education Program is one of the most important and valued aspects of a Harvard Law School education, confirming our commitment to providing our students with the best possible educational experience.
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  • Employment After Graduation

    Over 500 employers recruit on campus at HLS each year

    Employment After Graduation

    Over 500 employers recruit on campus at HLS each year

    Upon graduation, roughly 60–65 percent of HLS graduates enter private practice, about 20 percent enter judicial clerkships, and about 10–15 percent enter public interest or government work, business and industry, academia, or other unique pursuits.
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  • International Scope

    Opportunities to serve communities around the world

    International Scope

    Opportunities to serve communities around the world

    With students coming from more than 70 countries to study here and with hundreds of current students going abroad each year to work, study, engage in research, or advocate for change, HLS is truly a global crossroads.
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  • Public Service

    Guaranteed funding for public interest work

    Public Service

    Guaranteed funding for public interest work

    HLS strongly promotes public service. The school guarantees funding for summer public interest work, and over 480 JD students received funds to work throughout the U.S. and in 44 foreign countries in 2014. The Office of Public Interest Advising provides comprehensive services to students pursuing public service careers.
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The HLS directories can help you find a particular member of our staff, faculty or student body as well as contact information administrative departments. You can also find resources on our world-class research programs and clinics.