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Fall 2021

  • The Security Council

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Public International Law Exam Type: No Exam The United Nations Security Council is at the heart of the post-WWII international order. It is often…

  • Public International Law

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Design for Democratic Discourse

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Admission to the seminar is by permission of the instructors. Students should complete the application at this link: https://brk.mn/ZittrainRoyApp. Students are also strongly…

  • Wildlife Law

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Evidence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In-Class This course will examine the rules and principles of American evidence law, focusing on both the practical application and impact…

  • Election Law Clinic

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Law and Politics Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop is devoted to learning about, discussing, and critically evaluating new scholarly work on law and politics. A…

  • Patent Trial Advocacy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, although an understanding of the rules of evidence is assumed for the trial at the end of the course.

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: For JD students there are no formal prerequisites, although familiarity with the rules of evidence is assumed throughout the course. For LLM students, permission…

  • Legislation and Regulation 1

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: In Class This course is an introduction to lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It will examine the legislative process by which Congress…

  • Character and Self in the Modernist Novel

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In self-consciously reacting against the 19th century Realist novel, the Modernist authors of the the 1920s and 1930s experimented…

  • Property 4

    September 29, 2022

    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.

  • Supreme Court Decision Making

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How do supreme courts decide hard cases? How do they justify the results they reach by persuasive opinions? How…

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, although some familiarity with corporate law is assumed. Exam Type: No Exam. Grading will be based on…

  • Digital Governance: Privacy and Technology Trade-Offs

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam. Grading will be based 50% on class participation and 50% on 6 short thought papers written and submitted over…

  • Global Justice Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this workshop, but it is intended for students with a strong academic bent. Exam: No Exam This workshop will…

  • Private Law Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Admission is by permission of the instructors. Students who wish to be considered for the seminar should submit a CV to Henry Smith (hesmith@law.harvard.edu).

  • Torts 5

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: In Class Most simply, a tort is a civil wrong not arising from contract. But tort law also reflects much deeper questions about…

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    September 29, 2022

    An introduction to the history of law and legal institutions in England from the Anglo-Saxons to the seventeenth century. The principal focus will be on…

  • Roman Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to Roman law that combines a survey approach with one that focuses in some depth on topics…

  • Introduction to Japanese Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: This course draws on a background of US history and constitutional history. Students who are unsure of their preparedness are encouraged to check with…

  • Investment Management Law: Private Funds and Other Issues

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course covers the fundamental legal and regulatory regimes that govern private fund sponsor businesses. The course will focus…

  • Food Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Food Law and Policy (2 fall classroom credits). Some seats…

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinical Course

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (4-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • Contracts 4

    September 14, 2022

    Exam: In Class Contract law is the study of legally enforceable promises, normally exchanged as part of a bargain. Contracts are the main means by…

  • Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the fall clinic must enroll in either Public…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Employment Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home In this 4-credit course, we will examine the laws that govern and structure the employment relationship in nonunion…

  • Government Lawyer

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: U.S. Attorney Clinic (4-5 clinical credits; either fall or spring semester). Students who are accepted into this clinic will be…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer (2 fall classroom credits). Students who are accepted…

  • Criminal Law 5

    September 14, 2022

    Exam Type: In Class This course considers the basic themes and doctrines of substantive criminal law, including criminal responsibility, the significance of act, intent, causation…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Crimmigration Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law (2…

  • Civil Procedure 6

    September 14, 2022

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This is a course about the processes that courts follow in deciding disputes in noncriminal cases. It deals with the way…

  • Analytical Methods for Lawyers

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None. This course is designed to be fully accessible to those with no prior quantitative training or background in the subjects covered. Exam Type:

  • Food Law and Policy

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Civil Procedure 4

    September 14, 2022

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course examines the theory and practice of civil litigation, and the rules and statutes that govern the process by which…

  • Venture Law and Finance

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: This course is open to students who have taken Corporations, or by permission of the instructor to waive the prerequisite. Students should be willing…

  • Capital Punishment in America

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Legislation and Regulation 3

    September 14, 2022

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

  • First Year Legal Research and Writing 5A

    September 14, 2022

    The First-Year Legal Writing and Research Program (LRW) is a series of exercises introducing students to the way lawyers analyze and frame legal positions in…

  • Crimmigration: The Intersection of Criminal Law and Immigration Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class The intersection of criminal law and immigration law is a growing field of law that is at the forefront…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Legislation and Regulation 2

    September 14, 2022

    Exam: One-Day Take-home This course is an introduction to lawmaking in the modern administrative state. It will examine the legislative process by which Congress…