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

    February 7, 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…

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

    February 7, 2023

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

  • Capitalism in Crisis

    February 7, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam After the fall of the Soviet Union, capitalism appeared triumphant.  Commentators equated free markets with democracy and lauded the…

  • Class and Racial Justice

    February 6, 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,…

  • Citizenship

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The term “citizenship” has many meanings in sociology, political theory, and law.  It can denote a relationship to a…

  • Migration and Human Rights

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: It is recommended that students should already have taken either (1) a human rights law course or clinic, or (2) an immigration or refugee…

  • Leading from the Middle

    February 6, 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…

  • The Power of Principled Leadership: A Practical Approach

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam Can professional success be achieved without “playing politics” or “behaving politically”? Can behaving ethically, with integrity & principle, be a…

  • Leading from the Middle

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group explores how to be an effective leader and an agent for positive change during the first…

  • Comparative Family Law: Marriage, Divorce and Property in the Islamic, Jewish and Western Legal Systems

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group/seminar will explore selected topics on marriage, divorce and property laws in American, European, Jewish and Islamic…

  • Current Topics in Latino Civil Rights

    February 5, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In 2019, the number of Latinos reached a record 60.6 million — 18% of the U.S. population. Latinos constituted…

  • Food System Workers

    February 5, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will provide an overview of different sectors of the food system and how law and policy…

  • Wielding Impact: Economics as Tool for Justice

    February 5, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The study of the law is inextricably linked with the study of what constitutes justice. Yet formalistic legal doctrine…

  • Bonobo Sisterhood

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The Bonobo Sisterhood reading group explores the power and potential of female alliances to disrupt patriarchal systems. Through a…

  • Natural Law and Positive Law

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam. There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit. We will look briefly at…

  • Feminist Utopias

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group on Feminist Utopias, we explore literature, essays and history of women’s law reform movements through…

  • Access to Justice in the Digital World

    February 2, 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…

  • Corruption and Anticorruption: Selected Topics

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on the problem of corruption, principally public corruption (bribery, embezzlement, etc.) in developing and…

  • Corruption and Anticorruption: Selected Topics

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on the problem of corruption, principally public corruption (bribery, embezzlement, etc.) in developing and…

  • The Law and Politics of Boycotts

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: By permission. Students can apply to the course by sending a CV and a cover letter explaining their interest in the course to jfried@law.harvard.edu…

  • Current Issues in Securities Regulation

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: Corporations or permission of the instructor to waive the prerequisite. Exam Type: No Exam Students will read and discuss materials relating to current issues…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Regional Human Rights Law: The Inter-American Perspective

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior or concurrent course or clinic in international human rights law is recommended but not required. Exam Type: No Exam During the last…

  • Contractual Interpretation

    January 30, 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…

  • M&A Innovation: Doctrine, Theory, and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Merger and acquisition (“M&A”) deals evolve in response to doctrinal developments, economic and social changes, and the business purpose…

  • (Dis)illusionment for Young Lawyers

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam You’ve heard from or about young lawyers, doctors and other professionals who are “disillusioned.”  In the reading group we’ll…

  • Law, Human Rights, and Social Justice in Israel-Palestine

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: This reading group is open to students who have completed an HLS course in human rights. Students who have a background in human rights…

  • Political Dialogue in Polarized Times

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam According to the US Elections Project, in November 2020 Americans cast their votes for President at the highest rate…

  • Health Rights in Latin America: Defending Dignity or Judicializing Politics?

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Against backdrops of extreme social inequality in Latin America, with poor responsiveness from executive and legislative branches of government,…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Magic

    January 30, 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.

  • Becoming a Law Professor

    January 30, 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…

  • The Crisis Facing Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine contemporary challenges facing American democracy. Each week will consider a different challenge facing American…

  • The Constitution and the First Congress

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Starting in 1789, Congress took the lead in shaping the federal Constitution. Controversies emerged over structuring the executive and…

  • Current Topics in the Law of Work and Gender

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the subjects of work and gender, their relationship, and how the law regulates their…

  • Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology

    January 30, 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 Literary Theory

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: None We will read and discuss narrative theory, literary criticism and short works of fiction in the context of American legal…

  • Education, Equity, and Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the role K-12 public education does and should occupy in American law, life, and…

  • Leadership & Management Skills for Lawyers

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will study ways for lawyers to become outstanding leaders and managers in different organizational settings: private…

  • An Introduction to the Classical Legal Tradition

    January 30, 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…

  • Natural Law and Positive Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit. We will look…

  • Natural Law and Positive Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit. We will look briefly at…

  • Designing a Central Bank Digital Currency for the United States

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Over the past decade, the emergence of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Libra has put pressure on central banks around…