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Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

  • Public Law Workshop

    November 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for enrollment. Applicants should send a statement of interest and resume to Ellen Shapiro-Smith at eshapirosmith@law.harvard.edu. Deadline is October 30,…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    November 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine the operation of the Fourth, Fifth, and to…

  • Constitutions, Law, and Empire

    November 29, 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…

  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic

    November 29, 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…

  • Immigration and Refugee Advocacy

    November 29, 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…

  • Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation

    November 28, 2022

    Prerequisite: Legislation & Regulation is a prerequisite for JD students. LLM or SJD students should have had a similar class or work experience in their…

  • American Legal History: Law, Economy, and Society in the Era of the American Revolution

    November 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will examine the legal and constitutional history of late-colonial America and the early republic, an era that…

  • American Legal History: Law, Economy, and Society in the Era of the American Revolution

    November 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will examine the legal and constitutional history of late-colonial America and the early republic, an era that…

  • Critical Race Theory

    November 28, 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.

  • Critical Race Theory

    November 28, 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.

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    November 28, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    November 28, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule According to one of the framers, the “soul of the Constitution” was…

  • Critical Race Theorists and their Critics

    November 28, 2022

    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…

  • Immigration Law

    November 22, 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…

  • Immigration Law

    November 22, 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: Please…

  • Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform

    November 22, 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…

  • Capital Punishment in America

    November 22, 2022

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

  • Capital Punishment in America

    November 22, 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…

  • Digital Platforms: Responsibilities Then and Now

    November 22, 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…

  • The Role of the State Attorney General

    November 21, 2022

    Classroom: Lewis 200 Prerequisite: None Exam Type:Any Day Take-Home. Also with paper option by permission. The role of state attorneys general has dramatically expanded as…

  • The Role of the State Attorney General

    November 21, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic (fall, winter and spring semesters). Students who enroll in any of the three clinic offerings will be…

  • The Role of the State Attorney General

    November 21, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic (fall, winter or spring semester). Students who enroll in any of these three clinic offerings will be…

  • Housing Law and Policy

    November 17, 2022

    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…

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

    November 17, 2022

    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…

  • Disability Rights Law

    November 16, 2022

    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…

  • Disability, Human Rights, and Development

    November 16, 2022

    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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    November 16, 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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    November 16, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Religious Freedom Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). The seminar and its clinic component are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    November 16, 2022

    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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    November 16, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Religious Freedom Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). The seminar and its clinic component are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • Sex Equality

    November 16, 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…

  • Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic

    November 16, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Tools (2 spring classroom credits).

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    November 16, 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…

  • Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic

    November 16, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Tools (2 fall classroom credits).

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    November 16, 2022

    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…

  • Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Workshop

    November 16, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Voting Rights Litigation and Advocacy Clinic (2-5 fall clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will…

  • Military Law and Justice

    November 16, 2022

    Prerequisites: LLMs must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in Constitutional Law or Federal Courts. For students who may have taken applicable courses elsewhere, permission…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    November 16, 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…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    November 16, 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…

  • American Indian Law

    November 10, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course is an introduction to federal Indian law, the body of law recognizing and limiting the sovereignty of…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    October 20, 2022

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

  • Advanced Erie Problems

    October 20, 2022

    Prerequisite: Federal Courts Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will do a deep dive in to the Erie doctrine.  We will start by reading the…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    October 20, 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…

  • Current Topics in Latino Civil Rights

    October 18, 2022

    Prerequisite: This reading group is no longer by-permission. Enrollment is open during add/drop. Exam Type: No Exam In 2019, the number of Latinos reached a…

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

    October 6, 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…

  • Reproductive Rights and Justice

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine how laws impede or increase access to sexual…

  • Critical Race Theory

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Making Change When Change is Hard: the Law, Politics, and Policy of Social Change

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How does change happen? When, why, and how do people, and whole nations, come to together to influence…

  • 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…