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Welcome to the Harvard Law School Graduate Program. This handbook contains important information on academic requirements, Graduate Program policies, financial matters, and general Law School information. Please refer to this handbook throughout the year.

This Graduate Program Handbook incorporates by reference information included in the Harvard Law School Handbook of Academic Policies 2020-2021.

Table of Contents

I. THE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Administration (Faculty Director, Special Advisor, Administrators, Staff); Advisors and Coordinators; Committee on Graduate Studies

II. ACADEMICS: LL.M. CANDIDATES

LL.M. Course and Writing Requirements, Recommendations, and Options (General, U.S. Law Course Requirement, Recommended Courses, Written Work Requirement, Winter Term Writing Program); Optional Written Work (Credits, Registration, Research Assistant Work for Credit, Moot Court Brief for Credit, Required Consultation); Optional Graduate Academic Offerings (Writing Workshops, The Law Teaching Colloquium)

III. ACADEMICS: S.J.D. CANDIDATES

Faculty Supervisor, Periodic Consultation, and Supervision; The First Year of Study (Preparation of the Study Plan, The Orals Committee, Approval of the Study Plan, Periodic Consultation, The Oral (General) Examination, Prospectus); Presentations at the S.J.D. Colloquium

ACADEMICS: S.J.D. CANDIDATES (CONTINUED)

Dissertation Requirements; Completing the S.J.D. Program: An Illustrative Timetable; Compliance with Requirements; Residency Status; Miscellaneous (LL.M. Waiver, Graduate Program Advisors and Coordinators, Conference and Outside Examiner Funding, Dedicated Work Space)

IV. COURSE REGISTRATION AND COURSE CHANGES

The Components of Course Registration; Add/Drop and Waitlist Processing; Cross-Registration; Deadlines for Course Changes

V. POLICIES

Registration and Attendance Requirements; Class Attendance and Participation; Course Selection and Academic Evaluation; Examinations; LL.M. Written Work Deadlines; Grades and Degree Completion; Plagiarism

VI. FINANCIAL

Student Accounts and Expenses; Sponsored Billing; Financial Aid Credits; Other Student Account Notices; Health Insurance and Dental Insurance; Payment of Student Accounts; Important Tax Information for Foreign Students

VII. GENERAL

Law School Registration; Books and Assignments; Social Security Number; E-Mail; E-Mail Listservs; Canvas; Administrative Updates; Calendar@Law; News@Law; Advising and Mentoring; Research Programs and Centers; Student Organizations and Journals; Student Host Program; Teacher Placement; Post-Graduation Practical Training for International Students; Reporting Change of Address; Temporary Travel Abroad; Important Links


2020-2021 Graduate Program Handbook (PDF)