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Academic Periods

2022-2023

  • M&A Litigation

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Admission to this seminar is by permission of the instructor. Students should send a CV and brief statement of their background and interest in…

  • Dispute Systems Design Clinical Seminar

    January 31, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic

    January 31, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic may fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement depending on project assignment. Please contact the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono

  • Introduction to Accounting 3-Week Section

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This 1-credit spring course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the accounting information presented in corporate…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Students interested in applying to join the Lab should submit a short (300 word maximum) statement of interest to Professor Hanson. The…

  • Guns, Abortion and Climate Change – What is next for State AGs?

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students must complete one of the following courses: Role of the State Attorney General; Federalism and States as Public Law Actors; Local Government Law;…

  • Art of Social Change

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores various strategies for systemic law and policy reform, focusing on education, child welfare (abuse and neglect,…

  • Workshop on Law and Political Economy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop is devoted to reading and discussing new scholarly work on law and political economy. Outside speakers and…

  • Poverty Law Workshop: A Toolkit for Addressing Inequity & Homelessness

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. The course is an optional co-requisite for students enrolled in the Safety Net Project of the Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic at…

  • Critical Race Theorists and their Critics

    January 30, 2023

    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…

  • Access to Justice in the Digital World

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group explores the impact of new and emerging digital technologies on the longstanding barriers that low-income and…

  • Drafting and Negotiating Complex Cross-Border M&A Transactions

    January 30, 2023

    Note: Course will not be offered if fewer than 18 students enroll. Prerequisite: Corporations. For LLM students with applicable experience or courses, permission of the…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this seminar we will examine the ways in which the rhetorical and communications principles of framing and narrative…

  • Media Images & The Law: Contesting Media in the Modern Era

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines mass media depictions and imaging in our increasingly-tumultuous modern era. It situates this loaded imaging process…

  • The Effects of Mass Incarceration: Experiences of Prison and Parole

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam More than 6 million Americans are under “correctional supervision” in the United States, which incarcerates people at a rate…

  • Constitutions, Law, and Empire

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is a Constitution? Why, and under what circumstances, do people make them? What about the United States and…

  • Policy Advocacy Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: No prerequisites for JD students. LLM students must seek faculty permission. Exam Type: No Exam The Policy Advocacy Workshop is a hands-on seminar that…

  • The Roberts Court: Theory and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine various facets of the recent jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. We will consider a…

  • Writing about the Law for General Audiences

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop will explore the process and many forms of writing about law for non-specialist audiences. From the blog…

  • New Technologies and the Law of War

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Changes in contemporary warfare are challenging the fundamental principles of its regulation and their application in practice. From the…

  • Statutory Interpretation in a Constitutional Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for enrollment. Applicants should send a resume and statement of interest (with reference to prior coursework and experience related to…

  • Mind and Criminal Responsibility in the Anglo-American Tradition

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam. Grades will be based upon short responses to weekly readings, a small project and presentation, and class participation. This…

  • Foreign Relations Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of international law is useful, but not essential. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore key doctrines and concepts of foreign relations…

  • Housing Law and Policy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will provide an introduction to U.S. housing law and policy with a focus on low- and moderate-income…

  • Human Rights and Humanitarianism through the Lens of Documentary Film

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine how visual representations affect the theory and practice of human rights advocacy and humanitarian…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will address two pressing questions in the world of algorithms and the law: who holds the…

  • American Legal History: Law, Economy, and Society in the Era of the American Revolution

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will examine the legal and constitutional history of late-colonial America and the early republic, an era that…

  • Transitional Justice: Dispute Systems Design and Durable Peace

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Paper in lieu of exam
    After periods of widespread conflict or repression, the regular justice system of a…

  • Taxation

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course focuses on the U.S. federal income tax and the policy considerations that inform the design of the…

  • Legal History: American Legal Education

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    A research paper will be required rather than a final examination.
    This seminar is designed for students…

  • Financial and Legal Needs of Low and Moderate Income Households

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam The seminar will examine the opportunities and perils in consumer financial services available to low and moderate income households. We…

  • Restorative and Transformative Justice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Please send a one paragraph description of your related background and interest in the subject area to the instructor. Exam Type: No…

  • Advanced Legal Research

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: For JD students, completion of First Year Legal Research and Writing. For LLM students, completion of LRWA I is required and an enrollment…

  • Jurisprudence

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home Jurisprudence is the silent and controlling partner in every judge’s and every lawyer’s reasoning about law. A judge,…

  • Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono or experiential learning requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the spring clinic must enroll…

  • Thinking like Yourself: Poetry, Law, and Social Justice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam It’s often said that law school teaches you to “think like a lawyer,” which suggests that there is a…

  • Interpreting “The Judicial Power”

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Article III is notoriously curt. This observation is particularly true with respect to its Vesting Clause. While Article I…

  • Legal Profession Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Students are required to write short response papers (around 2-pages) for each session, actively participate in the discussion, and…

  • Statutes and Justice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The principal controversy in modern statutory construction is the debate between purposivists and textualists. But these opponents in fact…

  • Leading from the Middle

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This offering explores how to be an effective leader and an agent for positive change during the first 10-15…

  • Law and Economics

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with exposure to ongoing research in the economic analysis of law. At most of…

  • Constitutional Dimensions of the Administrative State: Comparative Perspectives

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers Exam Type: No Exam Administrative law in the United States is often viewed as a…

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will cover a variety of current and enduring questions involving fundamental issues of freedom, equality, property,…

  • Evidence

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class In this course we will study the basic rules and principles of American evidence law, focusing primarily on federal…

  • The Constitution in American History

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine the political and legal history of the U.S. Constitution, with an eye toward considering how…

  • Criminal Procedure: Adjudication

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home The subject of this course is the criminal process “from bail to jail.” We will address some of the…

  • Drug and Device Innovation

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines innovation law and policy in the context of drugs and devices regulated by the Food &…