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Fall 2021

  • Economic Analysis of Law

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class What effects does law have? Do corporations pollute less, market safer products, and adhere more often to their…

  • What’s Wrong with Mass Incarceration

    February 6, 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…

  • Bankruptcy

    February 6, 2023

    Pre/Corequisite: Students without prior basic exposure to business should normally take Corporations concurrently. Exam Type: In Class This is a comprehensive survey of the…

  • Failed Corporations: A Post-Mortem

    February 6, 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…

  • 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…

  • Patent Trial Advocacy

    February 6, 2023

    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.

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

    February 6, 2023

    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…

  • Food Law and Policy

    February 6, 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…

  • Contracts 3

    February 3, 2023

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

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    February 1, 2023

    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…

  • Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Workshop

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: By Permission. Interested students should send a resume and a brief statement describing their interest in the course and in appellate advocacy to Jane…

  • 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…

  • Legislation and Regulation 3

    January 31, 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 administrative agencies adopt…

  • Legislation and Regulation 2

    January 31, 2023

    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…

  • Administrative Law

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: One-Day Take-home This course will study the law governing federal administrative agencies, and related matters of policy and theory. Using the…

  • The Supreme Court as a Lawmaking Institution

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law Exam Type: No Exam Although the Supreme Court is ostensibly subject to the same Article III constraints as other federal…

  • Corporations

    January 31, 2023

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

  • Venture Law and Finance

    January 31, 2023

    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…

  • 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…

  • M&A Litigation

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Admission to this seminar is by permission of the instructor. Students should send a CV and brief statement of their background and interest in…

  • Civil Procedure 7

    January 27, 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.

  • 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…

  • Regulation of Financial Institutions

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-home
    Students enrolled in the course will be expected to prepare one short research paper on a…

  • The Sugya in The Babylonian Talmud

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisites: A certain amount of experience with the Talmud and ability to prepare the text in the original language, or, permission of the instructor. Exam

  • Evidence

    January 25, 2023

    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…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: Introductory Constitutional Law. For LLM students, enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Exam Type: No Exam This is an advanced constitutional law seminar…

  • International Criminal Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home International Criminal Law examines how the international legal system attempts to name and address the gravest crimes in…

  • Evidence

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class In this course we will study the basic rules and principles of American evidence law, focusing primarily on…

  • Lincoln-Douglass

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam More books are said to have been written about Abraham Lincoln than about any other human being.  What is…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The main impetus for the Constitution of 1787 was the perception, spelled out in the very first paragraph of…

  • Race & The Law: America’s Ongoing Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course examines key intersections of race, politics, and law within a historical trajectory of evolving conceptions and associated…

  • Foundations of International Arbitration: Theory and Practice

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Through a combination of lectures and in-class simulations, this course will (i) provide an overview of the foundational aspects…

  • Creating Electricity in the U.S.: Exploring the Tradeoffs

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates about the fuels that power…

  • Stakeholder Capitalism

    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 corporate law, corporate governance, and securities regulation…

  • 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…

  • 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 fall classroom…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar

    January 23, 2023

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

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    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,…

  • 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.

  • Civil Procedure 3

    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.

  • Education Law Clinic: Externships

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Education Advocacy and Systemic Change (2 fall classroom credits). This…

  • Education Advocacy and Systemic Change

    January 20, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Externships (3-5 fall clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll…

  • 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…

  • 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 (3-5 fall clinical credits). This…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic: System-Involved Youth

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Child Advocacy: System-Involved Youth Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom credits).

  • Child Advocacy: System-Involved Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 20, 2023

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