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  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No exam Much American literature of the 1940s is concerned with issues of identity that resonate across the decades –…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required. Please send a statement of interest and your resume to Brenda Bee (bbee@law.harvard.edu). Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will…

  • 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…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required. Please send your CV to Caroline Fitzgerald (cfitzgerald@law.harvard.edu). Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore a series of issues…

  • Geoeconomics: Trade, Investment and Security

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In the post-Cold War period, economics and national security were relatively separate realms, both in policymaking and scholarship. But…

  • Law and Philosophy Workshop

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop will examine new ideas at the intersection of law and philosophy. The workshop will meet weekly and…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will address two pressing questions in the world of algorithms and the law: who holds the…

  • Empirical Law and Finance

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Empirical tools have been increasingly used in litigation, regulation, and policymaking in corporate law, corporate governance, and securities regulation…

  • Analytical Methods for Lawyers

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None. This course is designed to be fully accessible to those with no prior quantitative training or background in the subjects covered. Exam Type:

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, an Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Corruption and Anticorruption: Selected Topics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on the problem of corruption, principally public corruption (bribery, embezzlement, etc.) in developing and…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, an Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Business Strategy for Lawyers

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students should have some exposure to microeconomics or a related discipline (e.g., Analytical Methods, Law & Economics, an undergraduate class in economics, finance, etc.).

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Literature

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: This seminar will be by permission of the instructor, who strongly prefers that students have a background in advanced study of Jewish legal material.

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The legal profession is uniquely disdainful of evidence-based thinking. Nowhere is this disdain more overt than in the profession’s…

  • Law and Economics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with exposure to ongoing research in the economic analysis of law. At most of…

  • Global Anticorruption Lab

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Enrollment is limited to 12, and is by permission of the instructor. Interested students should email Professor Stephenson (mstephen@law.harvard.edu); the…

  • Individuality?: Virginia Woolf vs. Social Justice and Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam We’ll read two great novels by Woolf published almost a century ago – Mrs. Dalloway and To The…

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    September 14, 2022

    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,…

  • Economic Analysis of Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class What effects does law have? Do corporations pollute less, market safer products, and adhere more often to their…

  • Applying Adaptive Leadership to Thrive and Lead Change in Uncertain Times

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore how the adaptive leadership model developed by Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government can be applied…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    September 14, 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…

  • The Fulfilled Life and the Life of the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam What is it to lead a fulfilled life? This was the central question for ancient philosophers, in both the east…

  • Mediation Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Mediation Clinic (1 spring clinical credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Talmud for All: Family Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In his class we will engage in close reading of sections of the Babylonian Talmud that deal (broadly speaking)…

  • Philosophical Analysis of Legal Argument: The Logocratic Method in an Uncertain Time

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Ours is a time fraught with uncertainty about the stability and legitimacy of political and legal institutions and the…

  • Law and Economics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will provide students with exposure to ongoing research in the economic analysis of law. At most of…

  • Law, Economics and Psychology: Selected Topics

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The law aims to control, guide, or facilitate many aspects of human behavior. To achieve these goals legal policymakers…

  • Thinking like Yourself: Poetry, Law, and Social Justice

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam It’s often said that law school teaches us to “think like a lawyer,” which suggests that there is a…

  • Fairness and Privacy: Perspectives of Law and Probability

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Admission is by permission of instructors; applicants should submit letters of inquiry with CVs to Joseph Cunningham (jcunningham@law.harvard.edu) by April 28, 2020. Exam Type:

  • Political Economy and Its Future

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam; Paper in lieu of examination The world’s economic and political order reels under mounting challenges: the global financial crisis, the…

  • Diversity and Dispute Resolution

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    There will be no final exam or research paper – instead, students will write a 300-500…

  • Mediation

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The primary focus of this experiential learning course is on developing mediation skills — as a mediator and also…

  • Applied Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Empirical methods are increasingly used in legal research and practice. This course covers a broad range of topics, including…

  • Trauma, Refugees and Asylum Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Refugees are among the most vulnerable populations in our legal system today and are among the most challenging to…

  • The Conduct of Life in Western and Eastern Philosophy

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam; Paper in lieu of examination A study of approaches in the philosophical traditions of the West and the East…

  • Economic Analysis of Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule What effects does law have? Do corporations pollute less, market safer…

  • Rights and Rights Holders

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The concept of a right is central to both legal and moral thought. In this reading group, we’ll try…

  • Mass Media Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule The class examines how the First Amendment, in combination with tort law,…

  • Asian Americans and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home This course examines the legal issues that have confronted Asian Americans in the United States from the 19th…

  • Mediation Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Mediation Clinic (1 spring clinical credit). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Negotiation Workshop

    September 14, 2022

    Special drop deadline: November 5, 2021 Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam *Cross-Registrants: Please note that cross-registrants interested in taking the Workshop must participate in…

  • Human Rights and Humanitarianism through the Lens of Documentary Film

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine how visual representations affect the theory and practice of human rights advocacy and humanitarian…

  • Research Seminar in Law, Economics, and Organizations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar is co-taught by Professors Bebchuk, Kaplow, Spier, Spamann and Prof. Oliver Hart, an Andrew E. Furer Professor…

  • Valuing and Modeling M&A and LBOs

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Admission is by permission only and interested students should send a resume and a cover letter to the instructor at vbosiljevac@law.harvard.edu. The deadline for…

  • Seeing Criminal (In)Justice: Examining the Interplay of Visual Media, Storytelling and Criminal Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam As America reckons with the profound injustices of mass incarceration, this course looks at the narratives that drive our…

  • Restorative and Transformative Justice

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will discuss the theory behind restorative justice and examine current experiments in the practice of restorative justice,…