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  • Power: Ethics, Means, Ends

    October 7, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-day take-home
    Paper option available
    What is power? And what principles, if any, constrain it’s exercise? This multidisciplinary course considers…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Literature

    October 7, 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.

  • Trauma, Refugees and Asylum Law

    October 7, 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…

  • Ethics, Economics and the Law

    October 7, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Explores controversies about the use of markets and market reasoning in areas such as organ sales, procreation, environmental regulation,…

  • Character and Self in the Modernist Novel

    October 4, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In self-consciously reacting against the 19th century Realist novel, the Modernist authors of the the 1920s and 1930s experimented…

  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    October 4, 2022

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

  • Capitalism in Crisis

    October 4, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam After the fall of the Soviet Union, capitalism appeared triumphant.  Commentators equated free markets with democracy and lauded the…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • 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,…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    September 14, 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…

  • Advanced Property Law: Economic, Political, and Historical Development

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Property or permission of the instructor to waive the requisite. Exam Type: No Exam This experimental course will engage recent calls for a rewriting…

  • Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course will introduce and explore basic themes in jurisprudence. Topics…

  • Evidence and Reason

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam We rely on reasoned inferences with reliable evidence to manage everyday life — to decide, for example, what precautions…

  • Knowledge As Power in Law and Science

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: By permission. Interested students should send the faculty a short statement of interest. Exam Type: No Exam

    Evaluation is a final take…

  • Law and Psychology: The Emotions

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be asked to write short papers (1-2 pages) on each week’s readings. There will be no…

  • Political Economy and Its Future

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam: Take Home, not administered by HLS The world’s economic and political order reels under mounting challenges: the global financial crisis, the austerity…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    September 14, 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…

  • Advanced Analysis of the Sugya

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students should have sufficient experience with Talmud to prepare and be prepared to read the text in the original language with commentaries. Exam Type

  • Talmud for All: Jews and Gentiles

    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)…

  • Prosecution Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Open to 3Ls only Required Clinic Component: ITA Prosecution Perspectives (4 fall clinical credits + 1 winter clinical credit). This clinic and course are bundled;…

  • The Sugya in The Babylonian Talmud

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: A certain amount of experience with the Talmud and ability to prepare the text in the original language, or, permission of the instructor. Exam

  • Creating Electricity in the U.S.: Exploring the Tradeoffs

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates about the fuels that power…

  • 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…

  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Open to 3Ls only Required Class Component: Prosecution Clinical Seminar (2 fall classroom…

  • Dispute Systems Design Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • Dispute Systems Design Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component Harvard Dispute Systems Design Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-home Jurisprudence is the silent and controlling partner in every judge’s and every lawyer’s reasoning about law. A judge,…