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Academic Periods

2022-2023

  • Corporate and Capital Markets Law and Policy

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for the course. However, it is recommended that students either (a) have taken (or are taking concurrently) the Corporations course…

  • Empirical Law and Finance

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Empirical tools have been increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and policymaking in the fields of corporate law, corporate governance,…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, the Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, the Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, the Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar

    January 23, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic (3 or 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic

    January 23, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar (2 spring clinical…

  • Criminal Law 7

    January 23, 2023

    Exam: In Class This course considers the role criminal law and legal actors have played in constructing the modern American penal system. We begin by…

  • Property 6

    January 23, 2023

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course deals with characteristic arrangements under American law for the creation and transfer of rights to control and exploit property.

  • Mediation

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The primary focus of this experiential learning course is on developing mediation skills — as a mediator and also…

  • Race, Class, Policing, and Punishment

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The virtually unprecedented overall rate at which we lock people up in this country, combined with the extreme concentration…

  • A Democracy Initiative

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In this course, we will construct a package of reforms that might be offered as a referendum or initiative,…

  • Law, Justice and Design: Designing Legal Systems for Better Outcomes

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with an opportunity to focus on the perspectives of individuals and families who need…

  • Comparative Law: Why Law? The Experience of China

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course uses the example of China as a springboard for asking fundamental questions about the nature of…

  • Contractual Interpretation

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: JD: Contracts or permission to waive from the instructor. LLM: No prerequisite. Exam Type: No Exam This reading group explores the problem of contractual…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 20, 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…

  • Civil Procedure 1

    January 20, 2023

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course covers what should, should not, and does happen when someone files (or considers filing) a civil lawsuit.

  • Civil Procedure 2

    January 20, 2023

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course covers what should, should not, and does happen when someone files (or considers filing) a civil lawsuit.

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed either of the following Spring 2021 reading groups, Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform or Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics,…

  • Writing Group: Trial courts: criminal justice reform and civil access to justice

    January 20, 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.

  • Writing Group: Empirical Legal Studies

    January 20, 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.

  • Writing Group: Children’s Law and Policy

    January 20, 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.

  • Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools

    January 20, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Legislative and Administrative Lawyering (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Advanced Seminar: Systemic Change in Education

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: Prerequisites for this course include one or more of the following: Lawyering for Justice, Art of Social Change, Education Law and Policy, and the…

  • Lawyering for Justice in the United States

    January 20, 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.

  • Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation (4-5 fall clinical credits). This…

  • Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma (2 fall…

  • Education Law Clinic: Impact Litigation

    January 20, 2023

    Required Class Component: Students must have completed “Advanced Seminar: Systemic Change in Education” to be eligible to apply for this clinic.

    Additional…

  • Education Law Clinic: Legislative and Administrative Lawyering

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools (2 spring classroom…

  • The Jurisprudence of Excellence

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: No special background is required. Cross-registrants are welcome. Anyone seeking information about this course should feel free to contact Professor Scott Brewer at sbrewer@law.harvard.edu.

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom…

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 20, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Child Advocacy Clinic (4-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 20, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Child Advocacy Clinic (4-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Legislation and Regulation 4

    January 20, 2023

    Exam type: One-Day Take-Home This course is an introduction to lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It will examine how Congress and executive agencies adopt…

  • Writing Group: The Role of Courts/Theories of Interpretation

    January 20, 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.

  • Capital Punishment Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Capital Punishment in America (4 fall classroom credits). Some seats…

  • Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the journey of entrepreneurship via a combination of both case studies and supplemental readings.

  • Law and the Legal System through the Lens of Latinx/a/o Communities

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine the law and the construction of race/national origin, as well as the intersection of LatinX/a/o…

  • Forced Arbitration and the American Civil Justice System

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Americans increasingly find themselves subject to binding arbitration clauses imposed by corporations on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. A broad range…

  • Failed Corporations: A Post-Mortem

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: Corporations is a required prerequisite and a course in bankruptcy or corporate reorganizations will be helpful, although not required. LLM students with experience in…

  • An Introduction to the Classical Legal Tradition

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The reading group will introduce students to the classical legal tradition, as practiced in Europe, Britain and the United…

  • Public International Law

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take Home This is an introductory course to public international law. The first part of the course examines the nature,…

  • Corporations

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students should have a familiarity with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts at the level of Analytical Methods for Lawyers. Please consult the syllabus of…

  • Justice for Lawyers

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Lawyers for justice at times confront injustice from judges. Throughout American history, powerful entities–public and private–have on occasion directed…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Environmental Law and Policy Clinical Course (1 fall classroom credit).

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • The Anthropology of Law: Classical, contemporary, comparative, and critical perspectives

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The early weeks will be devoted to (i) classical themes in the field, among them the legal anthropology of…