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Constitutional Law

  • Administrative Law

    October 7, 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…

  • Animal Law

    October 7, 2022

    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

    October 7, 2022

    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…

  • Election Law Clinic

    October 7, 2022

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

  • Environmental Law

    October 7, 2022

    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…

  • Climate Lawyering

    October 7, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The threat of potentially catastrophic consequences from climate change due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gas concentrations in the…

  • Race and the Law

    October 7, 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…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    October 7, 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…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    October 7, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    October 7, 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…

  • Public Law Workshop

    October 7, 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…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    October 7, 2022

    This course is taught by Professor Ron Sullivan, Judge John Cratsley, Mr. Albert Herring, Ms. Mary Kennedy, Ms. Mina Malik, Professor Jonathan Rapping, and Judge

  • Election Law

    October 7, 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…

  • Critical Race Theorists and their Critics

    October 7, 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…

  • Contemporary Issues in Constitutional Law

    October 6, 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…

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

    October 5, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

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

  • Freedom of Expression and the Race Question

    October 5, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam This course will examine racial influences on controversies involving claims to freedom of expression. The provisional table of contents for…

  • Land Use Law

    October 4, 2022

    Prerequisites: Property Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course will explore the regulation of land use, with an emphasis on the constitutional and environmental dimensions…

  • Constitutional Law: Money and the Making of American Capitalism

    October 4, 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…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    October 4, 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…

  • The Judicial Role in a Democracy

    October 4, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In modern constitutional democracies, supreme court judges assume a role that entangles them in many of the most contentious…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    October 4, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    October 4, 2022

    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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    October 4, 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…

  • Sports and the Law: Representing the Professional Athlete

    October 3, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home

    Class participation and successful completion of weekly assignments will count for a significant portion of the…

  • The Role of the Article III Judge

    October 3, 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…

  • State Constitutional Law

    October 3, 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 course…

  • Wildlife Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This is a survey course on Wildlife Law with an emphasis on the federal laws that are intended to…

  • Citizenship

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    September 29, 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,…

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

    September 29, 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…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    September 29, 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…

  • Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 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 Liz…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    September 29, 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…

  • Sports and the Law: Examining the Legal History and Evolution of America’s Three “Major League” Sports: MLB, NFL and NBA

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-home This introductory Sports Law course will offer an overview of the three major sports that dominate the American…

  • Compromise

    September 29, 2022

    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.

  • Election Law Clinic

    September 29, 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…

  • The United States Supreme Court

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Legal History: English Legal History

    September 29, 2022

    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.

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 29, 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…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 29, 2022

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

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Congress and Public Law

    September 29, 2022

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

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 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…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    September 29, 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 Comparative Perspectives on U.S. Law

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Advanced Topics in Federal Courts

    September 29, 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…