Skip to content

Interest Areas

Civil Rights

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    September 23, 2022

    This course is taught by Professor Ron Sullivan, The Honorable Jay Blitzman, Ms. Brandi Harden, and Professor Dehlia Umunna. Prerequisites: For JD students there…

  • Sex Equality

    September 22, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home (open book), or 3 short papers throughout the term for lottery-selected group of students who apply. The relation…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 21, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course is one of the basic courses in the field. It addresses the Freedom of Speech, the…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    September 20, 2022

    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…

  • Advanced Topics in Anti-Discrimination Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam: No Exam Anti-discrimination law is in flux. This seminar explores…

  • Democracy and the Role of Religious Beliefs

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group seeks to explore the appropriate relationship between the religious beliefs of the participants (voters) in a…

  • Legal History Workshop: Sex and the Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop, offered as a 1-credit course held over six sessions, aims to provide students with historical perspectives on…

  • Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Legal Profession

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course offers a look at the organization, economics, operation, and ideology of the legal profession. We will…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    September 19, 2022

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

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

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Housing Law Clinical Workshop

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    September 19, 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 the…

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    September 19, 2022

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

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

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required. Please send your CV to Brenda Bee (bbee@law.harvard.edu). Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore a series of issues…

  • Election Law Clinic

    September 19, 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…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Election Law

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats in Struggles for Racial Justice, 1950-1970

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    The requirement for the course is writing that amounts to about thirty double spaced pages. The…

  • Race, Class, Policing, and Punishment

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines the relationship between the people and the police, primarily by examining the constitutional doctrines of the…

  • Employment Law Workshop: Advocacy Skills

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Employment Discrimination

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course considers legal prohibitions on employment discrimination. It focuses on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,…

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    September 19, 2022

    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,…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • Advanced Topics in Federal Courts

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: Federal Courts and the Federal System Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will do a deep dive on these federal courts topics: Erie, Federal…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment; students who have not completed that pre-requisite may enroll only with…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course will introduce students to the role that written, oral, and multi-media communications play in the development of…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home, Paper Option Available This course will investigate the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as a dominant investment…

  • Critical Race Theory

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will consider one of the newest intellectual currents within American Legal Theory – Critical Race Theory. Emerging…

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and the Law

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course explores the ways in which the law intersects with gender identity and sexual orientation, examining this complex…

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

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam type: Any Day Take-Home This course focuses on the structure of the United States government, including the doctrines of separation of powers…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None. Students who have previously taken Religion and the First Amendment may not take this course. Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This course is one…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic Seminar

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Employment Law Clinic

    September 19, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Employment Law Workshop: Advocacy Skills (2 fall classroom credits). This…

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An intensive examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons,…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Health Care Rights in the Twenty-First Century

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more self-evident than ever that American health care is broken.

  • Housing Law Clinic

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    September 19, 2022

    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…

  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

    September 19, 2022

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

  • Prison Law

    September 14, 2022

    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,…

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

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Cyberlaw Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…