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  • Misdemeanor Justice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Misdemeanors comprise the vast bulk of the American criminal system, approximately 80 percent of criminal dockets, yet they are…

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to the history of law and legal institutions in England from the Anglo-Saxons to the seventeenth century.

  • Re-imagining global order as Asia re-emerges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The re-emergence of Asia is posing conceptual and practical challenges to understandings of and frameworks for global order that…

  • Introduction to Japanese Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course is designed to introduce the non-specialist law student to major features of the Japanese legal system. The…

  • Laws of War

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law is recommended. Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home The law of war is one of the oldest branches of international law, but whether…

  • Organizing for Economic Justice in the New Economy

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Even as we enter a period of tight labor markets, the rate of workers in unions continues to decline.

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • Global Governance

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No HLS Exam This course focuses on the interplay among states, international organizations, multinational corporations, civil society organizations, and activist networks…

  • Contract Design: Theory and Practice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore practices and strategies of contract design as one of the main tasks performed by transactional…

  • Advanced Comparative Perspectives on U.S. Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will discuss U.S. law from a comparative perspective. We will discuss, from a non-U.S. perspective, the…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 19, 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…

  • Congress and Public Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine Congress as a public law institution. Our first branch of government is often decried…

  • How Wars End: The Role of Negotiation

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam It is commonly thought that wars end after a decisive military battle produces to a conclusive victory – one…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home, Paper Option Available This course will investigate the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as a dominant investment…

  • Comparative Corporate Governance

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home

    Paper option available. The business corporation is a central institution in the modern capitalist economy. There are,…

  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    January 19, 2023

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

  • An Introduction to American Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam: One-Day Take-Home Designed primarily for LL.M. students trained as lawyers outside of the United States, An Introduction to American Law provides a…

  • Seeing Criminal (In)Justice: Examining the Interplay of Visual Media, Storytelling and Criminal Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam As America reckons with the profound injustices of mass incarceration, this course looks at the narratives that drive our…

  • Power: Ethics, Means, Ends

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-day take-home, or paper in lieu of exam option also available What is power? And what principles, if any, constrain it’s…

  • Advanced Readings in Japanese Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: By permission of instructor. Because the readings are in Japanese, students should have the equivalent of at least two years’ language instruction, but the…

  • Individuality?: Virginia Woolf vs. Social Justice and Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam We’ll read two great novels by Woolf published almost a century ago – Mrs. Dalloway and To The…

  • Migration, Refugees, and Human Rights

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No HLS Exam Migration is a central political and moral issue of our time and its impacts will continue to alter…

  • Critical Race Theory

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will consider one of the newest intellectual currents within American Legal Theory – Critical Race Theory. Emerging…

  • Engaging China

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one unit course will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux.

  • Environmental Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course surveys federal environmental law and serves as a useful introduction both to environmental law’s particular complexities as…

  • Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the current landscape of human rights litigation in U.S. courts. The seminar will examine both…

  • Advanced Topics in Anti-Discrimination Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam: No Exam Anti-discrimination law is in flux. This seminar explores…

  • The Corporation as a Citizen

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam What is the role of the corporation in the world today? This course will examine the purpose(s) of a…

  • International Lawyering

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Public International Law Exam Type: No Exam This is an advanced reading group for students interested in public international law careers. We will explore…

  • Capital Punishment in America

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: For JD students, Criminal Law is required. For LLM students, permission of the instructor is required to waive the requisite. Exam Type: In…

  • Introduction to Islamic Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will survey core concepts in Islamic law (sharia) in historical and comparative modern contexts. Popular perceptions of…

  • A Comparative Perspective on Corporations, Ownership, and Capital Access

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Regulation of Financial Institutions

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite:s None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This course explores the regulation of financial institutions and financial markets. Principal emphasis will be on the prudential regulation of…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Labor Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This course will focus on the statutory, judicial, and administrative law governing the collective organization of workers and…

  • Wildlife Law

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Critical Theory in Legal Scholarship

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Class participation will be expected and will be considered in grading. Students may write 5 short response papers.  The…

  • Feminist Legal Theory

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will write response papers analyzing the reading materials. The professor will provide feedback and revision will…

  • Law and Economic Development

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course will explore past and present debates about the role of the legal order in economic development. We…

  • Corporate Finance

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students must have taken Analytical Methods, Introduction to Finance Concepts, or a similar introduction to basic present value calculations at HLS or elsewhere. Exam

  • Law and Political Economy?

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home Around the world, questions of “political economy” are back on the agenda, arrangements long taken for granted open to…

  • Global Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course explores law’s role in global affairs. We will examine the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional…

  • Policing and Incarceration: Paths to Reform

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will examine policing and mass incarceration in the contemporary United States. The first half of the course…

  • The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Corporate Governance: Corporate Purpose

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: Corporations, as co-requisite, or sufficient background with permission of the instructor. Exam Type: No Exam In this course, we will examine classic writings and…

  • When to Talk and When to Fight

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam By definition, equality and justice underscore our legal system. We face questions like: How do we apply the law…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Literature

    January 19, 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.

  • The Power of Alignment: Where the Business World is Going and How Negotiators Can Shape the Deals Being Done

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: For JD students, you must have completed Mediation or the Negotiation Workshop previously. There are no prerequisites for LLM students. Exam Type: No Exam…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course will introduce students to the role that written, oral, and multi-media communications play in the development of…

  • Nuts and Bolts of Forming a Venture Capital Fund

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course introduces students to the relationship between limited partner (LP) investors and the general partner (GP) managers of…