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  • Transactional Law Clinics

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Bankruptcy

    September 29, 2022

    Co-requisite: Students without prior basic exposure to business should normally take Corporations concurrently. Exam Type: In Class This basic bankruptcy course covers the major…

  • Corporate Governance: Corporate Purpose

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Corporations, as co-requisite, or sufficient background with permission of the instructor. Exam Type: No Exam In this course, we will examine classic writings and…

  • International Investment Arbitration

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: The course is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, LLMs, and SJDs. No prior courses required, although broad familiarity with public international law and international commercial…

  • Trusts and Estates

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines freedom of disposition in American succession law by way of: (a) intestate succession; (b) wills (including…

  • Governing Digital Technology

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: This is a JD 1L only offering. Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course offers a rigorous introduction to the field of cyberlaw. We will…

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

    September 29, 2022

    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,…

  • Corporations

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: This is an introductory course without formal prerequisites. Nevertheless, students who are unfamiliar with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts are encouraged to take…

  • Conceptions of Legal Entities

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: A prior or parallel course in corporate law at HLS or elsewhere, or prior experience in matters relating to the corporation or other business…

  • Private Law Workshop

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Admission is by permission of the instructors. Students who wish to be considered for the seminar should submit a CV to Henry Smith (hesmith@law.harvard.edu).

  • Legal History: Continental Legal History

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam A survey of the main outlines of Continental European legal history from the fall of the Roman Empire to…

  • International Taxation

    September 28, 2022

    Prerequisites: Taxation Exam Type: In Class This course will cover the basic federal income tax concepts, policy and law relating to taxation of foreign persons…

  • Animal Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites, and 1L students are welcome in the class. Exam Type: One Day Take-Home Students will be evaluated on the basis…

  • Estate Planning

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: Trusts and Estates, which may be taken concurrently with this course as well. Exam Type: No Exam

    Grading will be based upon…

  • Statutes and Justice

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The principal controversy in modern statutory construction is the debate between purposivists and textualists. But these opponents in fact…

  • Transactional Law Clinics

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Transactional Law Clinical Workshop

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Conflict of Laws

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Land Use Law

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Property Exam Type: Any Day Take-home This course will explore the regulation of land use, with an emphasis on the constitutional and environmental dimensions…

  • Failed Corporations: A Post-Mortem

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: Corporations is a required prerequisite and a course in bankruptcy or corporate reorganizations will be helpful, although not required. LLM students with experience in…

  • Bankruptcy

    September 14, 2022

    Pre/Corequisite: Students without prior basic exposure to business should normally take Corporations concurrently. Exam Type: In Class This is a comprehensive survey of the…

  • Corporations

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: There is no formal prerequisite for the course. Students without a basic familiarity – not necessarily expertise – with rudimentary accounting and finance concepts,…

  • Foundations of International Arbitration: Theory and Practice

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Through a combination of lectures and in-class simulations, this course will (i) provide an overview of the foundational aspects…