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Harvard University and Harvard Law School shifted to remote teaching and learning, as of Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.

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Academic Calendar Years: 2019-2020, 2018-2019

Date Event
TBD J.D. Student Orientation and Move-in
August 17, 2020 – September 4, 2020 LL.M. Student Orientation
September 2, 2020 1L Fall Term Classes Begin (classes follow a Monday schedule)
September 7, 2020 Labor Day – No Classes; University administrative offices will be closed
September 8, 2020 Upper-level Fall Term Classes Begin
October 12, 2020 Columbus Day (Federal)/Indigenous Peoples’ Day (City of Cambridge) – No Classes; University administrative offices will be closed
October 13, 2020 ALL Upper-level classes are in session following a MONDAY schedule; 1L classes will NOT meet – No classes for 1L students
November 11, 2020 Veteran’s Day – All classes meet on regular schedule; University administrative offices will be closed
November 25-27, 2020 Thanksgiving Break
December 2, 2020 1L Fall Term Classes End
December 4, 2020 Upper-level Fall Term Classes End
December 9-18, 2020 Upper-level Fall Term Exam Period
December 11-18, 2020 1L Fall Term Exam Period
December 19, 2020 – January 4, 2021 Winter Break
January 5, 2021 Winter Term Classes Begin
January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Day – No Classes; University administrative offices will be closed
January 20, 2021 Winter Term Classes End for Upper-level Students
January 21, 2021 Upper-level Reading Day
January 22, 2021 Winter Term Classes End for 1Ls
January 22, 2021 Upper-level Winter Term Exams; Winter Term Clinical Work Ends; Final day for all Winter Term Academic Programming
January 25, 2021 All Spring Term Classes Begin
February 15, 2021 Presidents Day – All classes meet on regular schedule; University administrative offices will be closed
March 13-21, 2021 Spring Break
April 23, 2021 Spring Term Classes End for All Students
April 28-May 7, 2021 Upper-level and 1L Elective Spring Term Exam Period
May 10-14, 2021 1L Required Courses Spring Term Exam Period
May 27, 2021 Commencement Day
May 31, 2021 Memorial Day; University administrative offices will be closed