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Foundational Courses

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:

Spring 2021 Course Offerings:

Past Course Offerings:

Related Courses:

Interdisciplinary Study

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.

Academic Careers

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.