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Government Structure & Function

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Government Lawyer

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Advanced Issues in Administrative Law and Theory

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Admission is by permission; applicants should submit a resume and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement of interest and relevant background by January 1, 2022…

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Education Law and Policy

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Administrative Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course will study law making and law application by executive departments of government. Using the material covered in…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 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…

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • American Safety Net from the Civil War to COVID-19

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam From public assistance for Civil War widows, New Deal programs to address the Great Depression, and growing calls for…

  • The U.S. Congress and Law Making

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No HLS Exam The United States Congress is the “board of directors” for the Federal Government, and it plays the central…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • Administrative Law

    September 14, 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…

  • Policy Advocacy Workshop

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The Policy Advocacy Workshop is a hands-on seminar that will explore the methods, tools, and skills used to conduct…

  • Law and Politics Workshop

    September 14, 2022

    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…

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

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam type: Any Day Take-Home This course is one of the two basic courses in the field. It focuses on the structure of…

  • 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…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • Presidential Elections: War Gaming 2020

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The actual process for selecting the President is enormously complicated. Beyond the complexity of the Electoral College, described in…

  • Behavioral Economics, Law and Public Policy

    September 14, 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…

  • Supreme Court Decision Making

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam How do supreme courts decide hard cases? How do they justify the results they reach by persuasive opinions? How…

  • Political Parties and Public Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Politicians and pundits frequently charge that aggressive partisanship has infected our political institutions. Critics allege that even the federal…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    September 14, 2022

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

  • State Constitutional Law

    September 14, 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…

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

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The requirement for the course are five six to eight page papers that react to readings and lectures. This…

  • National Security Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Federal Budget Policy

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Beyond “Economic Growth”: Practice, Theory, and Potential

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Mainstream development economics holds that increasing nations’ GDP is required to improve peoples’ well-being. But this growth obsession is…

  • National Security Law and Technology

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one-credit course will examine a series of current legal and policy issues at the intersection of national security…

  • Law & Democracy: The Incomplete Experiment

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Required Clinic Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic, either during winter-spring (2 winter clinical credits + 8 spring clinical credits) or spring clinic (8…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement. Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD

  • Government Lawyer: Attorney General Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Food and Drug Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • The Role of the State Attorney General

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule. Also with paper option by permission. The role of state attorneys general…

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Legislation & Regulation is a prerequisite for JD students. LLM or SJD students should have had a similar class or work experience in their…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    Students who enroll in this offering may count the credits towards the JD experiential learning requirement. Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic…

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • 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…

  • Government Lawyer: United States Attorney Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • American Democracy

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Take-home, not administered by HLS Democracy, inequality, and nationalism in America. The white working class and American politics. Class and race.

  • Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Government Lawyer: Semester in Washington Clinical Seminar (3 spring classroom…

  • National Security Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Enrollment is by permission of instructor. Interested students should email a CV and statement of interest to Mr. Baker at jimbaker1234@yahoo.com. Exam Type: No…

  • Housing Law and Policy

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will provide an introduction to U.S. housing law and policy with a focus on low- and moderate-income…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 2022

    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,…