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The great majority of private activity is carried out through corporations or other business entities, both for-profit and not-for-profit. Whether working for or suing corporations, lawyers create, design the governance and funding for, and help assess, control and check the power of corporations, drawing on laws central to how legal systems work in practice. Beyond the fundamentals, lawyers play major roles in all corporate transactions, from securities offerings and mergers and acquisitions to buybacks, recapitalizations, and spin-offs. Through dozens of classes and legal clinics, Harvard Law students gain a strong grounding in corporate and transactional law and have opportunities to advise and represent clients in the field.

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HLS Professors

Visiting Professors & Lecturers


Cyberlaw Clinic

The Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to…

Food Law and Policy Clinic

The Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) provides students with the opportunity to practice using legal and policy tools in order to address the health,…

Sports Law Clinic

Sports Law clinical placements are in a variety of settings, including legal departments of major leagues or sports franchises, and with law firms and lawyers…

Transactional Law Clinics

The Transactional Law Clinics consist of the Business and Non-Profit Clinic, the Real Estate Clinic, the Entertainment Law Clinic, and the Community Enterprise Project. These…

Research Programs and Centers

Related Courses

Course Term Instructor(s)
A Comparative Perspective on Corporations, Ownership, and Capital Access Fall 2024 Course Reinier Kraakman
Analytical Methods for Lawyers Spring 2025 Course Kathryn Spier
Bankruptcy Fall 2024 Course Mark Roe
Bankruptcy Spring 2025 Course Jared Ellias
Bankruptcy and Corporate Restructuring: Current Issues Fall 2024 Seminar Jared Ellias, Mark Roe
Business Strategy for Lawyers Fall 2024 Course Kathryn Spier
Business Valuation and Analysis Spring 2025 Course Bala Dharan
Commercial Law: Secured Transactions Fall 2024 Course Melissa Jacoby
Comparative Corporate Governance Fall 2024 Course Mariana Pargendler
Conceptions of Legal Entities Spring 2025 Seminar Reinier Kraakman
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