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Alert COVID-19 Update

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.


Only Harvard University affiliates are permitted to audit Harvard Law School classes.  HU affiliates interested in auditing a Harvard Law School course (excluding first-year required courses) must submit an audit request form to the Office of the Registrar. The form requires the signature of the instructor of the course. The form will be held in the Registrar’s Office until the end of the drop/add period. If it is determined that space is available in the course (there is no HLS waitlist or the waitlist has been cleared and cross-registrants have been admitted) qualifying auditors will be notified that they may attend the course and will be added to the course Canvas page. At the conclusion of the term, auditors will be removed from the course Canvas page; this does not apply for S.J.D. auditors who will remain. At the discretion of the faculty member, potential qualifying auditors may continue to sit in the course (provided a physical seat is available) until an official decision is made by the Registrar.  Any audit request which is denied will be communicated back to the faculty member.  The audited course will not appear on the transcript. Auditors will not be provided a transcript or any other record of having audited a course.

If multiple qualifying students and/or other qualifying HU affiliates request to audit the same course and there is not space to seat them all, the audit requests will be processed by first reviewing requests from Law School students, second from other Law School affiliates, and third from elsewhere within the University.