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Spring 2022

  • Taxation

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course is an introductory study of federal income taxation covering inclusion and exclusion of items in computing gross…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    February 6, 2023

    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…

  • Law and Philosophy Workshop

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop will examine new ideas at the intersection of law and philosophy. The workshop will meet weekly and…

  • Criminal Law 3

    February 6, 2023

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

  • Writing Group: Philosophical perspectives on race, class, punishment, and policing

    February 6, 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.

  • Immigration Law

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: Prior completion of a course in U.S. Constitutional Law that covers separation of powers and federalism is recommended, but not required. Exam Type: In…

  • 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…

  • Trusts and Estates

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines freedom of disposition in American succession law by way of: (a) intestate succession; (b) wills (including…

  • Corporate Reorganization

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: Bankruptcy or permission from the instructor to waive the prerequisite Exam Type: No Exam

    Grades are determined by 20-page papers on approved…

  • 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…

  • Classical Liberalism and the Rule of Law

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be expected to complete two short papers in response to course readings, and a longer paper…

  • Facts and Lies

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will explore different kinds of facts, including historic facts, scientific facts, legislative facts, constitutional facts, mixed questions…

  • Legal Problems in Cybersecurity and Cyber Conflict

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Cybersecurity and cyber conflict pose unique legal problems for governments, companies and citizens. The way those problems are resolved…

  • Policy Advocacy Workshop

    February 6, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The Policy Advocacy Workshop is a hands-on seminar that will explore the methods, tools, and skills used to conduct…

  • 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…

  • 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: Students in the spring clinic must enroll in either Food…

  • Constitutional Structure and Rights: How the document is read

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class In this class, we will develop a conception of constitutional interpretation that explains — and maybe justifies — the…

  • Reconstruction Originalism

    February 3, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Reconstruction was America’s second founding, and yet its most important ideals are lost to modern American courts. In this…

  • Workshop on Law and Political Economy

    February 2, 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…

  • Law and Political Economy

    February 2, 2023

    Why do McDonald’s workers in Denmark earn more than twice as much as do McDonald’s workers in the United States, while the Heritage Foundation ranks…

  • Writing Group: Topics in political economy – either law and political economy or technology and political economy

    February 2, 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.

  • Advanced Analysis of the Sugya

    February 1, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students should have sufficient experience with Talmud to prepare and be prepared to read the text in the original language with commentaries. Exam Type

  • Federalism and States as Public Law Actors

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam Type: No Exam.  Grading will be based on class participation, including leading discussion in…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have completed 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth…

  • Torts 7

    January 27, 2023

    Exam Type: In Class This course concerns the legal protection afforded in civil proceedings against interference by others with security of one’s person, property…

  • 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…

  • Critical Race Theorists and their Critics

    January 27, 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…

  • Election Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This is a survey course American election law. Topics include democratic theory; the structure of republican government; the sources…

  • Introduction to Islamic Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home This course is a broad introduction to Islamic law in historical and contemporary forms.  We will first cover…

  • Animal Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • Securities Regulation

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class In addition to an in-class examination, students will be asked to participate in blog postings on a range of…

  • Legal History Workshop: Intimacy and the Law

    January 25, 2023

    Classroom: For weeks 1, 2, 7, 11, and 12, this workshop will meet in WCC 3011 and in Hauser 104 for Weeks 3, 4, 5,…

  • Evidence

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisites: 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…

  • Disability, Human Rights, and Development

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course examines the current and future status of disability rights as a focus for both human rights theory…

  • Legal History: American Legal Education

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    A research paper will be required rather than a final examination.
    This seminar is designed for students…

  • From Nuremberg to The Hague– Law, The Individual and the Group

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will explore the origins of modern international criminal law and looks at their impact on current directions.

  • The International Law of the Sea

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores the international law of the sea, which is one of the most important and compelling areas…

  • International Human Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home The course will introduce students to the concepts of human rights, within the system of public international law.

  • Climate Change and the Politics of International Law

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home As climate change has come to be seen as an urgent global problem, there has been a turn…

  • Environmental Justice

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Environmental justice has taken center stage as a social, political, and legal issue in recent years, and one cannot…

  • Evidence

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Evidence is a recommended prerequisite for the Trial Advocacy Workshop and can be the basis for certification to practice in conjunction with some…

  • Media Images & The Law: Contesting Media in the Modern Era

    January 23, 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…

  • Law & Democracy: The Incomplete Experiment

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar interrogates the ways in which democracy, as practiced in the United States, continues to form. In doing…

  • International Taxation

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: Taxation Exam Type: In Class This course will cover the basic federal income tax concepts, policy and law relating to taxation of foreign persons…

  • Contested Domains: Comparative and International Legal Struggles over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Previous exposure to women’s/gender studies and/or international human rights law will be helpful. For additional background, the following books are on reserve: