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Poverty Law and Economic Justice

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: By Permission. Students interested in applying to join the Lab should submit a short (300 word maximum) statement of interest to Professor Hanson. The…

  • Art of Social Change

    January 31, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course explores various strategies for systemic law and policy reform, focusing on education, child welfare (abuse and neglect,…

  • Poverty Law Workshop: A Toolkit for Addressing Inequity & Homelessness

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. The course is an optional co-requisite for students enrolled in the Safety Net Project of the Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic at…

  • Access to Justice in the Digital World

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group explores the impact of new and emerging digital technologies on the longstanding barriers that low-income and…

  • Housing Law and Policy

    January 30, 2023

    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…

  • Financial and Legal Needs of Low and Moderate Income Households

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam The seminar will examine the opportunities and perils in consumer financial services available to low and moderate income households. We…

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will cover a variety of current and enduring questions involving fundamental issues of freedom, equality, property,…

  • Employment Law Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change (2 spring classroom…

  • Education Law Clinic: Legislative and Administrative Lawyering

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools (2 spring classroom…

  • Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinic (2-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will…

  • Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Employment Law Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you in…

  • Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma (2 fall…

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

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home This is one of the basic courses in American Constitutional Law. It focuses primarily on Equal Protection and Due…

  • Legal Profession – The New Market for Personal Legal Services: Ethical and Professional Challenges

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Whether in solo, small firm or not for profit legal aid offices, new modes of serving clients of modest…

  • Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation (4-5 spring clinical credits). This…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). Students who enroll in the clinic will be enrolled in one of…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar (2 spring clinical…

  • Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Judicial Process in Trial Courts (2 spring classroom credits). This…

  • Systemic Advocacy for Safe and Supportive Schools

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Legislative and Administrative Lawyering (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Institute to End Mass Incarceration Clinic (3 or 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the…

  • Law and Neuroscience

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines cutting edge and even controversial linkages between law and neuroscience. We seek to highlight neuroscientific basis…

  • Mass Incarceration and Sentencing Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will first put 20th century sentencing law in sociological and historical context. It will examine the history,…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Class and Racial Justice

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on questions about how the idea of “racial justice” is related to “class.” When,…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will count towards the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Advanced Clinical Practice (1 fall classroom credit + 1…

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment…

  • Transactional Law Clinical Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Transactional Law Clinics (4-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Race and the Law

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type:One-Day Take-home This course will explore the role of race and ethnicity in American legal jurisprudence and history. Areas of focus will…

  • Transactional Law Clinics

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Transactional Law Clinical Workshop (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Introduction to Advocacy: Ethics and Skills in Clinical Practice (1…

  • Introduction to Advocacy: Civil Legal Aid Ethics, Theory, and Practice

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L (4 fall clinical credits + 4 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment…

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Child Advocacy Clinic (4-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Housing Law Clinical Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Housing Law Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Federal Tax Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Federal Tax Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom…

  • Federal Tax Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Federal Tax Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This…

  • Consumer Protection Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Consumer Protection Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Consumer Protection Clinical Seminar

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Consumer Protection Clinic (3-5 spring clinical credits). This clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Housing Law Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Housing Law Clinical Seminar (2 spring classroom credits). This clinic…

  • Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project

    January 30, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic (1 required spring clinical credit; option for winter term clinical credit and additional spring clinical…

  • Law and Inequality Workshop

    January 30, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In this course we will explore concepts of inequality from a range of disciplinary perspectives. We will also consider…

  • Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic

    January 30, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Students in the spring clinic must enroll in either the…

  • Consumer Financial Market Regulation

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Consumer financial products and services, and especially the wide range of credit products from mortgages to payday and pawn…

  • Race, Class, Policing, and Punishment

    January 20, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The virtually unprecedented overall rate at which we lock people up in this country, combined with the extreme concentration…

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    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,…

  • Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Clinic Component: Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation (4-5 fall clinical credits). This…

  • Education Law Clinic: Individual Representation

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Special Education Advocacy for Students Impacted by Trauma (2 fall…