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Academic Periods

2020-2021

  • Digital Platforms: Responsibilities Then and Now

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: None The conventional wisdom around the responsibilities of platforms like Facebook, Google, and Amazon has evolved greatly. 1995-2010 roughly saw the…

  • The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine key readings and projects surrounding the ethics and governance of the opaque complex adaptive…

  • Governing Digital Technology

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: This is a JD 1L only offering. Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course offers a rigorous introduction…

  • Consumer Financial Market Regulation

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Consumers use bank accounts, debit and credit cards, check cashing services and payment apps to receive, store, spend and…

  • Reproductive Rights and Justice

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine how laws impede or increase access to sexual…

  • Civil Procedure 6

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course examines the process of civil litigation. We will consider the jurisdiction…

  • Political Parties in the Law of Democracy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Political parties play an essential role in our democracy. But they sit in an uneasy position in the legal…

  • Critical Race Theory

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines the role of the law and legal activism in perpetuating and alleviating racial inequality in the…

  • Wildlife Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This is a survey course on Wildlife Law with an emphasis on the federal laws that are intended to…

  • Punishment, Prisons, and Justice

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will interrogate theories and practices of punishment in relation to the American criminal justice system—a system…

  • Criminal Law 5

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course considers the basic themes of substantive criminal law, including criminal responsibility, the…

  • Fashion Law Lab

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This experiential course is taught by Nana Sarian, who has served as General Counsel of Stella McCartney since 2012,…

  • Corporate Criminal Investigations

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The criminal investigation and prosecution of corporate misconduct are among the most high profile areas of focus for federal…

  • Election Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course examines the law, both constitutional and statutory, that governs…

  • Evidence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine the rules and principles of American evidence law,…

  • State Constitutional Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Each student will be responsible for one in-class presentation and two 6-8 page papers.
    This survey…

  • Law and Politics Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop is devoted to learning about, discussing, and critically evaluating new scholarly work on law and politics. A…

  • Writing Group: Critical Legal History and the Constitution

    September 29, 2022

  • Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic (2-5 spring clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will…

  • Constitutional Law 3

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: For JD students there are no formal prerequisites, although familiarity with the rules of evidence is assumed throughout the course. For LLM students, permission…

  • Introduction to Trial Advocacy

    September 29, 2022

    This course is co-taught by Professor Ron Sullivan, Honorable Jay Blitzman, Mr. Thomas Newman, and Ms. Santha Sonenberg. Note: This course is restricted to first-year…

  • Regulation of International Finance

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine international arrangements for the regulation of finance. Arrangements…

  • International Economic Law Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: While there are no specific prerequisites for this workshop, it is highly advisable for students to have at least some background – coursework or…

  • Legislation and Regulation 1

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course is an introduction to lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It…

  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No exam Much American literature of the 1940s is concerned with issues of identity that resonate across the decades –…

  • Supreme Court Decision Making

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How do supreme courts decide hard cases? How do they justify the results they reach by persuasive opinions? How…

  • Conflict of Laws

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Open to upper-level JD students. For LLM students: this upper-level course assumes that students have prior knowledge of the basic principles of American law…

  • Property 2

    September 29, 2022

    Exam type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course deals with characteristic arrangements under American law for the creation and…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required. Please send a statement of interest and your resume to Brenda Bee (bbee@law.harvard.edu). Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will…

  • Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How does change happen? When, why, and how do people, and whole nations, come to together to influence…

  • Administrative Law in the Modern Era

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will explore a variety of legal issues in connection with the modern administrative state, some of which…

  • Geoeconomics: Trade, Investment and Security

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In the post-Cold War period, economics and national security were relatively separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship. But…

  • Evidence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule The law of evidence regulates the presentation of factual information in…

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: There is no formal prerequisite for the course. Students without a basic familiarity – not necessarily expertise – with rudimentary accounting and finance…

  • Corporations from a Comparative Perspective

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Any one of the following: a prior course in corporate law, a parallel corporations course at HLS, or prior experience in matters relating to…

  • Advanced Erie Problems

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Federal Courts Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will do a deep dive in to the Erie doctrine.  We will start by reading the…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment; students who have not completed that pre-requisite may enroll only with the permission of the…

  • Private Law Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Admission is by permission of the instructors. Students who wish to be considered for the seminar should submit a CV to Henry Smith (hesmith@law.harvard.edu).

  • Global Justice Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop, but it is intended for students with a strong academic bent. Exam: No Exam This workshop will…

  • Constitutional Law 6

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the…

  • Torts 4

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule Most simply, a tort is a civil wrong not arising from contract. But…

  • Pierson v. Post and the Theory of Property Seminar

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Property Exam Type: No Exam Many first-year property courses begin with Pierson v. Post, 3 Cai. R. 175, 2 Am. Dec. 264 (N.Y. 1805).

  • Legal History Workshop: Legal Pluralism

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop aims to provide students with an historical perspective on the phenomenon of legal pluralism world-wide, but with…

  • Roman Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to Roman law that combines a survey approach with one that focuses in some depth on topics…

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: The English Legal History course, either previously or concurrently, or the permission of the instructor, is required. Some materials in Latin and French will…

  • Discrimination Law in Theory and Practice

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine central questions about anti-discrimination law from both philosophical and doctrinal perspectives. After considering foundational issues…