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  • 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…

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

    September 26, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course provides an introduction to the structure of the U.S. Constitution and the rights and liberties it defines.

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Presidential Power in an Era of Conflict

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam Type: No Exam This course will explore the modern exercise of Presidential power in…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Civil Procedure Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule In developing rules for the enforcement of constitutional and statutory civil…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 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…

  • Capital Punishment in America

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: For JD students, Criminal Law is required. For LLM students, permission of the instructor is required to waive the requisite. Exam Type: In…

  • American Safety Net from the Civil War to COVID-19

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam From public assistance for Civil War widows, New Deal programs to address the Great Depression, and growing calls for…

  • History of Civil Liberties

    September 14, 2022

    This seminar examines changing understandings of civil liberties in American legal history. It emphasizes legal and ideological contests over the meaning of free speech, religious…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course is one of two basic courses in Constitutional Law. We will study the Freedom of Speech in…

  • Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A few short years ago, it would have been unthinkable for candidates for prosecutorial positions to run on a…

  • Digital Platforms: Responsibilities Then and Now

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: None The conventional wisdom around the responsibilities of platforms like Facebook, Google, and Amazon has evolved greatly. 1995-2010 roughly saw the…

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Religious Freedom Clinic (3 clinical credits). The seminar and its clinic component are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll…

  • Federal Courts Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Current Topics in Pandemic Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam COVID-19 has given rise to an unprecedented and rapidly evolving set of urgent legal issues. This reading group will…

  • Immigration Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Administrative Law

    September 14, 2022

    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 Death of Constitutional Democracy?

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore whether the United States and the world are facing an unprecedented democratic recession, a…

  • Federal Courts Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
    Required Class Component:
    Federal Courts Clinical Seminar (1 fall classroom credit).

  • Race and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    September 14, 2022

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

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

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam type: Any Day Take-Home This course is one of the two basic courses in the field. It focuses on the structure of…

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam: In Class According to one of the framers, the “soul of the Constitution” was the clause allocating authority over money.   Over the…

  • Supreme Court Decision Making

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How do supreme courts decide hard cases? How do they justify the results they reach by persuasive opinions? How…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Constitutional Law and Colonialism

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore constitutional law and colonialism in contemporary, comparative, and historical perspectives. Typically, colonialism is not…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    September 14, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 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…

  • Critical Race Theory

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • The Fulfilled Life and the Life of the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam What is it to lead a fulfilled life? This was the central question for ancient philosophers, in both the east…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 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…

  • Election Law Clinic

    September 14, 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…

  • State Constitutional Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Each student will be responsible for one in-class presentation and two 6-8 page papers.
    This survey…

  • Constitutions, Law, and Empire

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is a Constitution? Why, and under what circumstances, do people make them? What about the United States and…

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

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The requirement for the course are five six to eight page papers that react to readings and lectures. This…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines the law governing police behavior, primarily by examining the constitutional doctrines of the Fourth, Fifth, and…

  • Freedom of Speech Frontiers: Comparative and Global Perspectives

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will write one short and one longer paper.
    The interconnected and frictionless world of the internet…

  • Race and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American…

  • Federal Courts Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Federal Courts Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Federal Courts Clinic (2 winter clinical credits + 2-3 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Federal Courts Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
    Required Class Component:
    Federal Courts Clinical Seminar (1 spring classroom credit).

  • Federal Courts Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement.
    Required Class Component:
    Federal Courts Clinical Seminar (1 spring classroom credit).

  • Beyond “Economic Growth”: Practice, Theory, and Potential

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Mainstream development economics holds that increasing nations’ GDP is required to improve peoples’ well-being. But this growth obsession is…

  • Feminist Utopias

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group on Feminist Utopias, we explore literature, essays and history of women’s law reform movements through…