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  • Natural Law and Positive Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam

    There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit. We will look…

  • Natural Law and Positive Law

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam There will be no paper or exam, and class will be graded credit/no credit. We will look briefly at…

  • Critical Race Theorists and their Critics

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines the role of the law and legal activism in perpetuating and alleviating racial inequality in the…

  • Punishment, Prisons, and Justice

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will interrogate theories and practices of punishment in relation to the American criminal justice system—a system…

  • 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…

  • 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,…

  • Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A few short years ago, it would have been unthinkable for candidates for prosecutorial positions to run on a…

  • Restorative and Transformative Justice

    January 18, 2023

    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

    January 18, 2023

    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,…

  • The Roberts Court: Theory and Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine various facets of the recent jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. We will consider a…

  • The Roberts Court: Theory and Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine various facets of the recent jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court. We will consider a…

  • 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…

  • Classical Liberalism and the Rule of Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be expected to complete two short papers in response to course readings, and a longer paper…

  • Classical Liberalism and the Rule of Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Students will be expected to complete two short papers in response to course readings, and a longer paper…

  • Ethics, Economics and the Law

    January 18, 2023

    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,…

  • Advanced Interpretation: Law and Language

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Student performance will be assessed on the basis of class participation (10%) and a paper submitted at the…

  • Central Issues in Legal and Social Thought

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam; Paper in lieu of examination This seminar addresses central themes of legal and social theory. It takes as…

  • 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…

  • Reproductive Rights and Justice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course will examine how laws impede or increase access to sexual…

  • Global Law

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home This course explores law’s role in global affairs. We will examine the history of ideas, legal doctrines, institutional…

  • Workshop on Law and Political Economy

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This workshop is devoted to reading and discussing new scholarly work on law and political economy. Outside speakers and…

  • Jurisprudence

    January 18, 2023

    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,…

  • Law and Political Economy?

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam
    Evaluation is a final take home essay.
    Around the world, questions of “political economy” are back on the agenda,…

  • The Jurisprudence of Excellence

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: No special background is required. Cross-registrants are welcome. Anyone seeking information about this course should feel free to contact Professor Scott Brewer at sbrewer@law.harvard.edu.

  • Originalism and Its Discontents

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: (A) One prior course on American constitutional law, and (B) one prior course on constitutional law, federal courts, administrative law, jurisprudence, or legislation /…

  • The Rule and The Exception

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is required for you to be treated as an individual by the law? When should we insist that…

  • Power: Ethics, Means, Ends

    January 18, 2023

    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…

  • Contemporary Dilemmas in Dispute Resolution

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: This reading group is open to any student who has completed the Negotiation Workshop. Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore situations…

  • 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…

  • The US Constitution in Comparative Perspective

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course explores key concepts and doctrines in US constitutional law,…

  • Governing Digital Technology

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: This is a JD 1L only offering. Exam Type: Please refer to the Spring 2021 Exam Schedule This course offers a rigorous introduction…

  • Law and Economics

    January 18, 2023

    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 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…

  • Law and Economic Development

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule This course will explore past and present debates about the role…

  • Originalism

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine originalism in constitutional interpretation, both in theory and in practice. The readings will consist…

  • 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…

  • Complex Litigation: Legal Doctrines, Real World Practice

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: Civil Procedure or faculty permission to waive the prerequisite is required. Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course will study legal doctrines, litigation strategies…

  • Critical Race Theory

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will consider one of the newest intellectual currents within American Legal Theory – Critical Race Theory.

  • Dilemmas in Dispute Resolution

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore situations and applications that challenge core principles in negotiation, mediation, and dispute systems design…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this seminar we will examine the ways in which the rhetorical and communications principles of framing and narrative…

  • Feminist Legal Theory

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Please refer to the Fall 2020 Tentative Exam Schedule Students will write response papers analyzing the reading materials or will…

  • The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine key readings and projects surrounding the ethics and governance of the opaque complex adaptive…

  • Critical Race Theory

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will consider one of the newest intellectual currents within American Legal Theory – Critical Race Theory.

  • Advanced Legislation: Statutory Interpretation

    January 18, 2023

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

  • Feminist Utopias

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group on Feminist Utopias, we explore literature, essays and history of women’s law reform movements through…

  • Law and Economics

    January 18, 2023

    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 and Political Economy

    January 18, 2023

    Why do McDonald’s workers in Denmark earn more than twice as much as do McDonald’s workers in the United States, while the Heritage Foundation ranks…