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Government Structure & Function

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have completed Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment. For LLM students,…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have completed 1L Constitutional Law or Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth…

  • Election Law

    January 27, 2023

    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…

  • Federal Budget Policy

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam. Students enrolled in the course will be expected to submit a series of reaction papers to daily assignments, some…

  • Federal Budget Policy

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam. Students enrolled in the course will be expected to submit a series of reaction papers to daily assignments, some…

  • The International Law of the Sea

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores the international law of the sea, which is one of the most important and compelling areas…

  • The International Law of the Sea

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores the international law of the sea, which is one of the most important and compelling areas…

  • Abraham Lincoln as Constitutional Theorist

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Abraham Lincoln is not only regarded (by most analysts) as very definitely one of our most important presidents. He…

  • Consumer Financial Market Regulation

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Consumers use bank accounts, debit and credit cards, check cashing services and payment apps to receive, store, spend and…

  • 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…

  • Coloring Politics, Racing Law: America’s Ongoing Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course examines key intersections of race, politics, and law within a historical trajectory of evolving conceptions and associated…

  • Race & The Law: America’s Ongoing Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course examines key intersections of race, politics, and law within a historical trajectory of evolving conceptions and associated…

  • 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…

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

    January 23, 2023

    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…

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

    January 23, 2023

    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…

  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    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,…

  • Education Law and Policy

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will survey several contemporary legal and policy issues in American elementary and secondary public education, including school…

  • The Power of Principled Leadership: A Practical Approach

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam Can professional success be achieved without “playing politics” or “behaving politically”? Can behaving ethically, with integrity & principle, be a…

  • 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 (2 fall classroom credits). Students who are accepted…

  • 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 (2 fall classroom credits). Students who are accepted…

  • Government Lawyer

    January 18, 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…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Public Law Workshop

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for enrollment. Applicants should send a statement of interest and resume to Ellen Shapiro-Smith at eshapirosmith@law.harvard.edu. Deadline is October 30,…

  • Local Government Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course examines the possibility and desirability of decentralization of power in…

  • American Indian Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course covers the history and fundamentals of modern federal Indian…

  • 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…

  • Military Law and Justice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: LLMs must have taken or be concurrently enrolled in Constitutional Law or Federal Courts. For students who may have taken applicable courses elsewhere, permission…

  • Administrative Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take Home This course will study the law governing federal administrative agencies, and related matters of policy and theory. Using…

  • The Role of the State Attorney General

    January 18, 2023

    Classroom: Lewis 200 Prerequisite: None Exam Type:Any Day Take-Home. Also with paper option by permission. The role of state attorneys general has dramatically expanded as…

  • American Indian Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course is an introduction to federal Indian law, the body of law recognizing and limiting the sovereignty of…

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

    January 18, 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…

  • Local Government Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Local governments exert tremendous influence over inequality, race relations, environmental health, political power, and housing and real estate.

  • Complex Federal Investigations

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will examine many of the problems and issues that arise during federal criminal investigations of complex entities…

  • Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: The Role of the State Attorney General (2 fall classroom…

  • Public Problems: Advice, Strategy, and Analysis

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for enrollment. For students who want permission to enroll, please email Professors Barron and Fung expressing why you would like…

  • Conflict of Laws

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: LLM students must have taken (1) Either Civil Procedure or Federal Courts, or equivalent coursework; AND (2) one of the following: Contracts, Torts, or…

  • National Security Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Interested students should email a CV and statement of interest to Mr. Baker at jbaker@law.harvard.edu. Exam Type: No…

  • Criminal Prosecution Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic

    January 18, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: The Role of the State Attorney General (2 fall classroom…

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam An examination of the legal, social, and political issues raised by the status and treatment of transgender persons, primarily…

  • Appellate Courts and Advocacy Workshop

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The Appellate Courts and Advocacy Workshop combines a substantive review of key appellate litigation doctrines concerning appellate jurisdiction, standards…

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

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This is one of the basic courses in American Constitutional Law.

  • Law and Politics Workshop

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop is devoted to learning about, discussing, and critically evaluating new scholarly work on law and politics. A…

  • Food and Drug Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam. A paper is required. This course explores the full range of federal regulation of products subject to the jurisdiction…

  • Public Problems: Advice, Strategy, and Analysis

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required for enrollment. For students who want permission to enroll, please email Professors Barron and Fung expressing why you would like…

  • The Role of the Article III Judge

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and Fourteenth Amendment or Constitutional Law: First Amendment Exam Type: No Exam The contemporary debate over the proper…