These courses offer context, perspective and introductory readings about or relevant to legal history to interested students.
Advanced Courses and Seminars
These advanced courses immerse students in the study of legal history. Students are advised to enroll in a foundational course prior to taking an advanced offering.
Fall 2020 Course Offerings:
- Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism (Desan)
- Roman Law (Donahue)
Spring 2021 Course Offerings:
- American Legal History, 1776 – 1865 (Gordon-Reed)
- American Legal History: Law, Economy, and Society in the Era of the American Revolution (Mann)
- Comparative Law: Ancient Law (Lanni)
- English Legal History (Kamali)
- Legal History: English Legal History (Donahue)
- Pierson v. Post and the Theory of Property Seminar (Donahue)
- The Warren Court (Klarman)
Past Course Offerings:
- American Legal History: From Reconstruction to the Present (Weinrib)
- Constitutional History I: From the Founding to the Civil War (Klarman)
- Constitutional History II: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement (Klarman)
- Introduction to Islamic Law (Rabb)
- Legal History: History of American Economic Regulation (Mack)
- Legal History Seminar: Continental Legal History (Donahue)
- Legal History Workshop: Race and Policing in Historical Context (Lvovsky and Mack)
- Legal History: Workshop on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism (Desan)
- Making Legal History (Rosenberg)
- Politics, Social Life and Law in Jeffersonian America
- Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation (Rabb)
- American Legal Education (Coquillette)
- Civil Liberties and the Second Reconstruction: Problems of Suppression and Covert Disruption (Kennedy)
- From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats of the Civil Rights Revolution 1950-1970 (Kennedy)
- Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition (Kamali)
- The Legal Architecture of Globalization: Money, Debt, and Development (Desan)
The Law School offers a Coordinated JD/PhD Program with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Students in the program earn a JD and a PhD, allowing them to integrate the study of law with their doctoral studies in history. Several members of the Harvard History Department work in areas related or highly relevant to the law.
To be admitted to the coordinated JD/PHD program, students must apply to and be separately admitted to both the Law School and to GSAS. Students interested in the coordinated program are encouraged to contact April Pettit, in the Office of Academic Affairs at HLS, or Patrick O’Brien, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at GSAS, for further information.
Students who wish to pursue academic careers in this area should enroll in a variety of the offerings described above combined with significant research and writing under the direction of relevant faculty. For further information, contact program leaders and advising faculty.