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  • Fair Trial

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule

    Students will write a paper (1500 words) and an…

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and the Law (2 fall classroom…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: For JD students, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Constitutional Law: First Amendment, or Separation of Powers. For LLM students, enrollment is by permission of…

  • Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Supreme Court Litigation (1 winter classroom credit). This clinic…

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    September 14, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course explores the constitutional law of freedom of expression, association,…

  • Employment Discrimination

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine civil rights law in the workplace, one of…

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    September 14, 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…

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

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None

    JD students who have taken other courses covering some of this material should seek permission before enrolling.
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  • Flashpoints in LGBTQ Litigation

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam This reading group addresses substantive and strategic issues affecting efforts to secure legal equality and substantive equity for LGBTQ people…

  • Disability Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None, but not open to students who have taken another course on American Disability Law. Exam Type: No Exam This is a course on…

  • The Role of the Article III Judge

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment or Constitutional Law: First Amendment Exam Type: No Exam The contemporary debate over the proper…

  • Immigration Law: Policy and Social Change

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-home This course touches upon the major policy debates currently surrounding immigration reform and policy. This course will survey…

  • Federalism and States as Public Law Actors

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam Type: No Exam.  Grading will be based on class participation, including leading discussion in…

  • Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Workshop

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: By Permission. Interested students should send a resume and a brief statement describing their interest in the course and in appellate advocacy to Jane…

  • Mass Media Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class The class examines how the First Amendment, in combination with tort law, statutes, and common-law principles, shapes the rights…

  • Democracy, the Incomplete Experiment

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar interrogates the ways in which democracy, as practiced in the United States, continues to form. In doing…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None. Basic knowledge of constitutional law preferred but not required. Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Advanced Interpretation: Law and Language

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Student performance will be assessed on the basis of class participation (10%) and a paper submitted at the…

  • 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…

  • Originalism and Its Discontents

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: (A) One prior course on American constitutional law, and (B) one prior course on constitutional law, federal courts, administrative law, jurisprudence, or legislation /…

  • Emerging Issues in Refugee Protection: The Representation of Child Asylum Seekers

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Prior exposure to asylum or immigration law is helpful but not required. Exam Type: No Exam.
    The final grade will be based primarily…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    September 14, 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…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None. Basic knowledge of constitutional law preferred but not required. Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Environmental Justice

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Employment Discrimination

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type Any Day Take-Home This course will examine civil rights law in the workplace, one of the most hotly litigated bodies of…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course examines the issues that arise under the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments during the government’s investigatory…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: For JD students, this course is open to those who have taken 1L Constitutional Law, or are concurrently taking, one of the basic…

  • Roe at 50

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam On the cusp of the fiftieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, abortion law casts a particularly long shadow over…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course explores the constitutional law of freedom of expression, association, and religion under the First Amendment. Topics…

  • Positive constitutionalism and effective government: The U.S. in Comparative Perspective

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The conventional understanding of the U.S. Constitution is that it is a “negative” constitution, which provides primarily for what…

  • The Rule and The Exception

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is required for you to be treated as an individual by the law? When should we insist that…

  • Interpreting “The Judicial Power”

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Article III is notoriously curt. This observation is particularly true with respect to its Vesting Clause. While Article I…

  • The Role of the Article III Judge

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: 1L Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment, or Constitutional Law: First Amendment Exam Type: No Exam The contemporary debate…

  • The Roberts Court: Theory and Practice

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine various facets of the recent jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. We will consider a…

  • Human Rights in Transformative Constitutionalism

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar explores the role of human rights in the constitutionalism of the Global South. The post-Cold War democratization…