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Faculty Advising Panels

HLS faculty members with diverse interests and expertise will speak to LL.M. students on topics such as how to:

  • navigate the extensive course offerings at HLS
  • prepare for class
  • take advantage of opportunities for advanced work, clinical work, and courses elsewhere in the University
  • maintain a good work/life balance through it all

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Announcements of additional panels with other members of the faculty during the Fall term will be emailed to the LL.M. listserv and also posted here.

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Find a Paper Supervisor

Professor and student talk outside an HLS building

Credit: Brooks Kraft

Writing a paper under the supervision of a faculty member is an excellent way to engage with a faculty member and garner academic and other advice from that professor. If you need guidance on finding a paper supervisor, please feel free to consult with senior members of the Graduate Program administration.

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Work as a Research Assistant

Working as a research assistant for a faculty member is another excellent way to engage with a faculty member and be exposed to cutting-edge research and/or advocacy. Research assistant opportunities are posted on the Administrative Updates page.

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FaculTEAs

Cup Book Plan Breakfast Read Coffee CupThe Graduate Program will present ongoing opportunities for LL.M. students to connect with faculty in an informal setting (nicknamed “FaculTEAs”), where LL.M.s can meet and talk to members of the faculty over tea, cookies, and other refreshments, and engage with them on various topics of mutual interest, e.g., music, sports.

Announcements about FaculTEAs (and other opportunities for LL.M.s to hear from and engage with faculty members outside of the classroom) will be made via email to the LL.M. listserv.

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Related Academic Advising

To help you navigate the extensive course offerings and find potential paper supervisors, senior members of the Graduate Program administration can provide specific guidance and recommendations. Jeanne Tai is also available to meet with LL.M. students interested in pursuing an academic career and/or applying to the S.J.D.

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Graduate Program Fellows

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Credit: Brooks Kraft

Another important source of academic advice is the network of Graduate Program Fellows – doctoral (S.J.D.) candidates who serve in various capacities such as LL.M. Advisors and Teaching Assistants for the LL.M. Writing Workshop.

Learn more about Graduate Program Fellows

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Law Teaching Colloquium

The Law Teaching Colloquium is a yearlong series of information sessions at which members of the HLS faculty discuss various aspects of law teaching. Announcements about Law Teaching Colloquium events will be made via email and also posted here.

Becoming a Law Professor
Event Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Speaker:
John F. Manning, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law

Giving a Successful Job Talk
Event Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Speaker:
Andrew Manuel Crespo, Assistant Professor of Law

The AALS Faculty Recruitment Conference
Event Date: Monday, February 26, 2018
Speakers:
Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History
Elizabeth Papp Kamali, Assistant Professor of Law

Clinical Law Teaching
Event Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Speakers:
Christopher T. Bavitz, WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law, Managing Director of Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society
Esme Caramello, Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director of Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

The Art of Law Teaching
Event Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Speakers:
John Coates, John F. Cogan, Jr. Professor of Law and Economics, Research Director of the Center on the Legal Education
Susan Crawford, John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law

The Nuts and Bolts of Getting Published
Event Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Speakers:
Elizabeth C. Burch, Visiting Professor of Law
June Casey, Librarian for Open Access Initiatives & Scholarly Communication
ImeIme Umana, President of Harvard Law Review

Developing a Research Agenda
Event Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Speakers:
Joseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law
Anna Lvovsky, Assistant Professor of Law

Choosing Law Teaching as a Career
Event Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Speaker:
John C.P. Goldberg, Eli Goldston Professor of Law, Deputy Dean, Harvard Law School

See a list of sessions from previous years

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Byse Workshops

Senior S.J.D. candidates offer one-semester mini-courses – each consisting of six or seven two-hour sessions – on issues of current doctrinal and/or theoretical interest.

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Fall 2017

Priyasha Saksena will teach a workshop on “Law and Colonialism: Legal Debates in the British Empire.” Thursdays from September 28 to November 16, 3:00-4:30 p.m. in WCC 3015.

Spring 2018

Pieter-Augustijn Van Malleghem will teach a workshop on “Critical Legal Thought in Contexts.” Thursdays from February 1 to March 29, 3:00-4:45 p.m. in WCC 3008.