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  • 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…

  • Strategic Litigation and Immigration Advocacy

    January 25, 2023

    There is perhaps no other area of law that has been more profoundly altered in the last few years than immigration. The field has seen…

  • 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…

  • Evidence

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-Home NOTE: This class will generally meet for 80 minute sessions. Several 2-hour classes will be scheduled in lieu of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Evidence

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class In this course we will study the basic rules and principles of American evidence law, focusing primarily on federal…

  • Evidence

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class In this course we will study the basic rules and principles of American evidence law, focusing primarily on…

  • Access to Justice in the Digital World

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group explores the impact of new and emerging digital technologies on the longstanding barriers that low-income and…

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed either of the following Spring 2021 reading groups, Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform or Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics,…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Strategic Leadership & Advanced Human Rights Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Either the fall International Human Rights Clinic – 3L Leadership Training with Advanced Seminar or the fall Semester in Human Rights Clinic.

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • Evidence

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home and Short In-Class Examination The law of Evidence regulates the presentation of factual information in the Anglo-American jury…

  • 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…

  • Class Actions: Litigating Advanced Topics

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: Civil Procedure Exam Type: No Exam This course will focus on current topics in federal class action litigation through an experiential lens. In addition…

  • Evidence

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course will examine the rules of evidence, focusing primarily on the Federal Rules of Evidence, with additional…

  • 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…

  • Human Rights Litigation in U.S. Courts

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the current landscape of human rights litigation in U.S. courts. The seminar will examine both…

  • 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…

  • The Judicial Role in a Democracy

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 fall clinical credits). Students who enroll in the clinic will be enrolled in one of…

  • Wildlife Law

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Evidence

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Exam type: In Class We rely on judgments about evidence throughout our personal and professional lives. These judgments include the evidence supplied by…

  • Facts and Lies

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The seminar will explore different kinds of facts, including historic facts, scientific facts, legislative facts, constitutional facts, mixed questions…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the fall clinic must enroll in either the…

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

    January 19, 2023

    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…

  • Patent Trial Advocacy

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites, although an understanding of the rules of evidence is assumed for the trial at the end of the course.

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    January 19, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer (1 fall + 1 spring classroom credit). Students…

  • Sports Law: Advanced Contract Drafting

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-home This course will provide students the opportunity to negotiate and draft agreements that a lawyer advising a…

  • Government Lawyer

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: U.S. Attorney Clinic (4-5 clinical credits; either fall or spring semester). Students who are accepted into this clinic will be…

  • Criminal Justice Institute: Defense Theory and Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Open to 3Ls only Required Clinic Component: Criminal Justice Institute: Criminal Defense Clinic, either fall-winter (4 fall clinical credits + 1 winter clinical credit) or…

  • Criminal Justice Institute: Criminal Defense Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Open to 3Ls only Required Class Component: Criminal Justice Institute: Defense Theory and…

  • Civil Rights Litigation

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer (1 fall + 1 spring classroom credit). Students…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course will examine the operation of the Fourth, Fifth, and to a lesser extent, the Sixth Amendments to…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Federal Courts Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Constitutional Dimensions of the Administrative State: Comparative Perspectives

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers Exam Type: No Exam Administrative law in the United States is often viewed as a…

  • Presidential Power in an Era of Conflict

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Federal Courts Clinic

    January 18, 2023

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

  • Interpreting “The Judicial Power”

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students who enroll in the clinic will be enrolled in one of…

  • Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

    January 18, 2023

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

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment…