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Spring Term Elective Course

  • 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…

  • Writing Group: Administrative law, legislation, and statutory interpretation

    January 31, 2023

    Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 4, 2022.

  • Global Anticorruption Lab

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to 12, and is by permission of the instructor. Interested students should email Professor Stephenson (mstephen@law.harvard.edu); the…

  • Jurisprudence

    January 31, 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,…

  • Food Law and Policy

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites for JD students. LLM students must seek faculty permission. Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will present an overview of topics in…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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 &…

  • 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…