The extraordinary communities of Harvard Law School advance justice and well-being across the world through innovative teaching, scholarship, and learning connected to real-world practice

Innovative Teaching and Learning, Connected to Practice

Harvard Law School (HLS) combines the resources of the world’s premier center for legal education and research with an educational environment designed to enrich individual and interactive learning. The result is a uniquely vibrant and collaborative community.

Harvard’s scope generates enormous vitality through its depth of academic options, wide array of research programs, diverse student body drawn from across the nation and around the world, and global network of distinguished alumni. Harvard Law School offers students a curriculum of unparalleled breadth: more than 400 courses, seminars, and reading groups that together reflect the remarkable range of the faculty’s expertise and interests.

Law students have many opportunities for intellectual engagement with faculty and classmates. Over 240 of our courses and small group seminars have fewer than 25 students enrolled. First-year sections have 80 students, and opportunities to work directly with faculty members abound. For example, all first-year students may join intimate (fewer than 15 students), faculty-led reading groups on topics ranging from cyberlaw to climate change to terrorism. Harvard’s extensive resources and collaborative approach create unmatched opportunities to prepare for leadership in public service, private practice, the judiciary, academia, business, or government.

HLS at a Glance

  • Established in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Read more about HLS history.
  • Approximately 1,990 students attend HLS each year:
    • 1,750 J.D. students
    • 180 LL.M. students
    • 60 S.J.D candidates
  • The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors
  • The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields

The HLS Experience

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    Our Faculty

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    Programs of Study at HLS

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    The Clinical Experience: Hands-On Learning

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  • International Scope

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    Employment After Graduation

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  • Public Service

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