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Academic Periods

2022-2023

  • Advocacy: The Courtroom and Beyond

    January 18, 2023

    Note: This course is restricted to first-year J.D. students only. The drop deadline for 1L January Experiential Term (JET) classes is Friday, December 2, 2022.

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 6B

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • Writing Group: The Problem of Corporate Power

    January 18, 2023

    Students enrolling in Fall-Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by October 14, 2022.

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 4B

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • Writing Group: Climate-related topics including adaptation and mitigation

    January 18, 2023

    Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 3, 2023.

  • Writing Group: Artificial Intelligence and Law

    January 18, 2023

    Students enrolling in Fall-Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by October 14, 2022.

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 4A

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 3A

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • Writing Group: Law and Philosophy

    January 18, 2023

    Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 3, 2023.

  • Writing Group: Problems in Public Law

    January 18, 2023

    Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 3, 2023.

  • Federal Courts Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Federal Courts Clinic (2 winter clinical credits + 2-3 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Law and Neuroscience

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines cutting edge and even controversial linkages between law and neuroscience. We seek to highlight neuroscientific basis…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    January 18, 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…

  • The Constitution in American History

    January 18, 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…

  • Policing in America: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Law enforcement in the United States plays a critical, often life-altering role in its citizenry’s life. More than 19,000…

  • Election Law Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Election Law Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). The…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Election Law Clinic (2-5 spring clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Constitutional Dimensions of the Administrative State: Comparative Perspectives

    January 18, 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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Religious Freedom Clinic Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). The clinic and…

  • Presidential Power in an Era of Conflict

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam Type: No Exam This course will explore the modern exercise of Presidential power in…

  • Negotiation Workshop

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam *Cross-Registrants: Please note that cross-registrants interested in taking the Workshop must participate in the online application process for the…

  • Becoming a Law Professor

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: Admission is by application via email to Susannah Barton Tobin at stobin@law.harvard.edu by October 31, 2022. Please include a paragraph expressing your interest in…

  • Music and Digital Media

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior course or other background in copyright law would be useful but is not required. Exam Type: No Exam This course explores a…

  • State Constitutional Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

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

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course is one of two basic courses in Constitutional Law. We will study the Freedom of Speech in…

  • Animal Law & Policy Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Animal Law and Policy Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior or parallel course in corporate law at HLS or elsewhere, or prior experience in matters relating to the corporation or other business…

  • Constitutional Law 1

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: In Class In this class, we will develop a conception of constitutional interpretation that explains — and maybe justifies — the Court’s jurisprudence…

  • Federal Courts Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
    Required Class Component:
    Federal Courts Clinical Seminar (1 spring classroom credit).

  • Legislation and Regulation 1

    January 18, 2023

    Exam type: In Class Legislation and Regulation is an introduction to lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It will examine the way Congress and administrative…

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

    January 18, 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…

  • Interpreting “The Judicial Power”

    January 18, 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…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Magic

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: This seminar will be by permission of the instructor, who strongly prefers that students have a background in advanced study of Jewish legal material.

  • Class and Racial Justice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on questions about how the idea of “racial justice” is related to “class.” When,…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students who enroll in the clinic will be enrolled in one of…

  • Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
    Required Class Component: Supreme Court Litigation (1 winter clinical credit). This clinic…

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 7B

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment…

  • Supreme Court Litigation

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Supreme Court Litigation Clinic (2 winter clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll…

  • J.D. Credit for Ph.D. Work

    January 18, 2023

  • Corporations

    January 18, 2023

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

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam: In Class According to one of the framers, the “soul of the Constitution” was the clause allocating authority over money.   Over the…

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 7A

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: No Exam The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and…

  • Computer Science for Lawyers (CS50 for Lawyers)

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. This course is designed for students with and without prior programming experience. Exam Type: No Exam This course is a variant of…

  • International Labor Migration

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will draw on case studies to examine international labor migration flows, governance issues under national and international…

  • Complex Litigation: Legal Doctrines, Real World Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: Civil Procedure or faculty permission to waive the prerequisite is required. Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course will study legal doctrines, litigation strategies…

  • Animal Law & Policy Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Animal Law Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Progressive Alternatives: Institutional Reconstruction Now

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam; Paper in lieu of examination An exploration of the past and future agenda of progressives, whether self-described as liberals or…

  • Employment Law Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change (2 spring classroom…

  • Constitutional Law 3

    January 18, 2023

    Exam Type: One Day Take-home This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and liberties it defines.