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  • Reproductive Rights and Justice

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The course materials and discussions span constitutional law, the political and legislative processes, and health law. Course topics…

  • Race and the Law

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type:One-Day Take-home This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American legal jurisprudence and history. Areas of focus will…

  • Prison Law

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home While courses in criminal law tend to focus on the “front end” of the criminal legal process (investigation,…

  • Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Law

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will first put 20th century sentencing law in sociological and historical context. It will examine the history,…

  • Law and the Legal System through the Lens of Latinx/a/o Communities

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine the law and the construction of race/national origin, as well as the intersection of LatinX/a/o…

  • Law and Neuroscience

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines cutting edge and even controversial linkages between law and neuroscience. We seek to highlight neuroscientific basis…

  • Environmental Justice

    February 2, 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…

  • Constitutional History II: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement

    February 2, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course examines, from the perspective of social and political history, constitutional developments from the enactment of the…

  • Art of Social Change

    February 2, 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,…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course explores the individual and associational rights protected under the First Amendment, including the Speech and Press Clauses,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Employment Law Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    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…

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and the Law (3 fall classroom…

  • Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Employment Law Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This is one of the basic courses in American Constitutional Law. It focuses primarily on Equal Protection and Due…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students who enroll in the clinic will be enrolled in one of…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar (2 spring clinical…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic (3 or 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Disability Rights Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course encompasses many aspects of disability rights, laws, and policies, with particular emphasis on the Americans with Disabilities…

  • Election Law Clinic

    January 30, 2023

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

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Religious Freedom Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Additional Co-/Pre-Requisites: None. By Permission: Yes. Applications are due by May 16, 2022. Add/Drop Deadline:

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Religious Freedom Clinic Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). The clinic and…

  • Policing in America: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Law enforcement in the United States plays a critical, often life-altering role in its citizenry’s life. More than 19,000…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    January 30, 2023

    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…

  • Immigration Law

    January 30, 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…

  • Class and Racial Justice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on questions about how the idea of “racial justice” is related to “class.” When,…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic, either during winter-spring (2 winter clinical credits + 8 spring clinical credits) or spring clinic (8…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Election Law Clinic (2-5 spring clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • The Crisis Facing Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine contemporary challenges facing American democracy. Each week will consider a different challenge facing American…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have taken, or are concurrently taking, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and the…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will count towards the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Advanced Clinical Practice (1 fall classroom credit + 1…

  • Advanced Readings in The Thirteenth Amendment

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments, directing the core of its readings and class engagement to the Thirteenth…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Introduction to Advocacy: Ethics and Skills in Clinical Practice (1…

  • Introduction to Advocacy: Civil Legal Aid Ethics, Theory, and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment…

  • Housing Law Clinical Workshop

    January 30, 2023

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

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    January 30, 2023

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

  • Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Cyberlaw Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…