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Spring 2023

  • Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the journey of entrepreneurship via a combination of both case studies and supplemental readings.

  • Criminal Law 1

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Constitutional Law 7

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and liberties it defines. Topics include…

  • 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 spring classroom credits). The…

  • Constitutional Law 3

    September 29, 2022

    Exam Type: One Day Take-home This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and liberties it defines.

  • Regulation of International Finance

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course will examine international arrangements for the regulation of finance. Arrangements covered include the International Monetary Fund, the…

  • Legislation and Regulation 6

    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…

  • Property 5

    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.

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    September 29, 2022

    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,…

  • Administrative Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In-Class This course will examine the legal controls on government regulation, in areas as diverse as environmental law, national security, communications,…

  • Advanced Issues in Administrative Law and Theory

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Admission is by permission; applicants should submit a resume and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest and relevant background (combined into 1 PDF)…

  • Globalization in a Complex World

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Once heralded as an unstoppable and positive force, globalization is today facing pushback on multiple fronts due to growing…

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: This is an introductory course without formal prerequisites. Nevertheless, students who are unfamiliar with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts are encouraged to take…

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: A prior or parallel course in corporate law at HLS or elsewhere, or prior experience in matters relating to the corporation or other business…

  • Torts 7

    September 29, 2022

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

  • 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).

  • 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…

  • Legal History: Continental Legal History

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A survey of the main outlines of Continental European legal history from the fall of the Roman Empire to…

  • Legal History: American Legal Education

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

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

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students should have a familiarity with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts at the level of Analytical Methods for Lawyers. Please consult the syllabus of…

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite or Corequisite: Corporations. For LLM students with the relevant background but who have not taken Corporations at HLS, contact Prof. Coates’s assistant, Stacy Tollman…

  • The U.S. Congress and Law Making

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No HLS Exam The United States Congress is the “board of directors” for the Federal Government, and it plays the central…

  • Corporate Reorganization

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Grades are determined by 10-page papers on approved topics.
    Corporate Reorganization takes up advanced topics in…

  • International Taxation

    September 28, 2022

    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…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisite: Civil Procedure Exam Type: One-Day Take-home In developing rules for the enforcement of constitutional and statutory civil rights through civil actions, the Supreme Court…

  • The International Law of the Sea

    September 28, 2022

    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…

  • Mediation

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The primary focus of this experiential learning course is on developing mediation skills — as a mediator and also…

  • Restorative and Transformative Justice

    September 28, 2022

    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…

  • Constitutional Law 6

    September 28, 2022

    Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and liberties it defines. Topics include…

  • Writing Group: Law and Philosophy

    September 28, 2022

    Students enrolling in Spring groups are required to submit a signed Writing Group Registration Form to the Registrar’s Office by February 3, 2023.

  • Climate Change and the Politics of International Law

    September 27, 2022

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

  • Public Law Workshop

    September 27, 2022

    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…

  • Legal Profession

    September 26, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type:TBD This course will examine the rules and standards of professional responsibility and legal ethics with a focus on how the study…

  • Education Law Clinic: Legislative and Administrative Lawyering

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools (2 spring classroom…

  • Democracy and the Rule of Law Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Legal Tools for Protecting Democracy and the Rule of Law…

  • Federal Tax Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Federal Tax Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This…

  • Consumer Protection Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Consumer Protection Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Housing Law Clinic

    September 26, 2022

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

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

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono or experiential learning requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the spring clinic must enroll…

  • Litigating in the Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Litigating in Family Courts: Domestic Violence and Family Law Clinical…

  • Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Judicial Process in Trial Courts (2 spring classroom credits). This…

  • Employment Law Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change (2 spring classroom…

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Environmental Law and Policy Clinical Course (1 spring classroom credit).

  • Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation

    September 26, 2022

    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…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma

    September 22, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation (3-5 spring clinical credits). This…

  • Corporate Finance

    September 22, 2022

    Prerequisites: No prerequisites, but a corporations course is strongly advised. Exam Type: In Class This course addresses the fundamentals of financial economics and reviews applications…