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  • Animal Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • Farmed Animal Law and Policy

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended. Exam Type: No Exam This…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 26, 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,…

  • Administrative Law

    January 26, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In-Class This course will examine the legal controls on government regulation, in areas as diverse as environmental law, national security, communications,…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    January 26, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have completed 1L Constitutional Law or an equivalent course in another law school. For…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 26, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course will deal principally with the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment. Free Exercise and Establishment Clause…

  • Legal History: Continental Legal History

    January 26, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A survey of the main outlines of Continental European legal history from the fall of the Roman Empire to…

  • Originalism and Its Discontents

    January 26, 2023

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

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    January 25, 2023

    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…

  • Administrative Law

    January 25, 2023

    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…

  • Remedies

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home This course will address what courts do for litigants seeking to vinidcate their legal rights. Topics include damages,…

  • Federalism and States as Public Law Actors

    January 24, 2023

    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…

  • Climate Lawyering

    January 24, 2023

    Drop Deadline: January 27, 2023 Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The threat of potentially catastrophic consequences from climate change due to increasing concentrations…

  • The Crisis Facing Democracy

    January 24, 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…

  • Advanced Readings in The Thirteenth Amendment

    January 23, 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…

  • The Constitution and the First Congress

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Starting in 1789, Congress took the lead in shaping the federal Constitution. Controversies emerged over structuring the executive and…

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    January 23, 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,…

  • Reproductive Rights and Justice

    January 23, 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…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    January 23, 2023

    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…

  • Compromise

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Our reading course on “Compromise” is brand new, so this description is necessarily tentative with regard to specific assignments.

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    January 23, 2023

    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…

  • Law & Democracy: The Incomplete Experiment

    January 23, 2023

    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…

  • Current Topics in Latino Civil Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In 2019, the number of Latinos reached a record 60.6 million — 18% of the U.S. population. Latinos constituted…

  • Capital Punishment Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Capital Punishment in America (4 fall classroom credits). Some seats…

  • An Introduction to the Classical Legal Tradition

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The reading group will introduce students to the classical legal tradition, as practiced in Europe, Britain and the United…

  • Religious Freedom Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Religious Freedom Clinical Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Citizenship

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The term “citizenship” has many meanings in sociology, political theory, and law.  It can denote a relationship to a…

  • Election Law Clinic

    January 19, 2023

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

  • LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic

    January 19, 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…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam An introduction to the history of law and legal institutions in England from the Anglo-Saxons to the seventeenth century.

  • Sex Equality

    January 19, 2023

    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

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    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 Comparative Perspectives on U.S. Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will discuss U.S. law from a comparative perspective. We will discuss, from a non-U.S. perspective, the…

  • Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, and the Law

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Congress and Public Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine Congress as a public law institution. Our first branch of government is often decried…

  • The United States Supreme Court

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: 1L Constitutional Law or
    Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore some of…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Environmental Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course surveys federal environmental law and serves as a useful introduction both to environmental law’s particular complexities as…

  • The New Supreme Court: changing views on the fundamental structure of government

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will examine changing judicial views on fundamental questions concerning the structure of government. The new composition of…

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    January 19, 2023

    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,…

  • Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Workshop

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Capital Punishment in America

    January 19, 2023

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