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  • Animal Law

    January 27, 2023

    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…

  • Farmed Animal Law and Policy

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for the class, although an environmental law or animal law survey course is recommended. Exam Type: No Exam This…

  • Housing Law and Policy

    January 27, 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…

  • Policing in America: The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

    January 27, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Law enforcement in the United States plays a critical, often life-altering role in its citizenry’s life. More than 19,000…

  • Employment Discrimination

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: In Class This course considers legal prohibitions on employment discrimination. It focuses on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,…

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: In Class This course examines the relationship between the people and the police, primarily by examining the constitutional doctrines of the…

  • Legal Profession Seminar

    January 25, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Students are required to write short response papers (around 2-pages) for each session, actively participate in the discussion, and…

  • Asian Americans and the Law

    January 24, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Last Class Take-Home This course examines the legal issues that have confronted Asian Americans in the United States from the 19th…

  • Advanced Readings in The Thirteenth Amendment

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This course focuses on the Reconstruction Amendments, directing the core of its readings and class engagement to the Thirteenth…

  • Regional Human Rights Law: The Inter-American Perspective

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: A prior or concurrent course or clinic in international human rights law is recommended but not required. Exam Type: No Exam During the last…

  • 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…

  • Media Images & The Law: Contesting Media in the Modern Era

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar examines mass media depictions and imaging in our increasingly-tumultuous modern era. It situates this loaded imaging process…

  • Current Topics in Latino Civil Rights

    January 23, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In 2019, the number of Latinos reached a record 60.6 million — 18% of the U.S. population. Latinos constituted…

  • 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,…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 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…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 2023

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

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 20, 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…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    January 20, 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…

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    January 20, 2023

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

  • Capital Punishment Clinic

    January 20, 2023

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Required Class Component: Capital Punishment in America (4 fall classroom credits). Some seats…

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

    January 19, 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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course is one of the basic courses in the field. It addresses the Freedom of Speech, the…

  • Election Law Clinic

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Misdemeanor Justice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Misdemeanors comprise the vast bulk of the American criminal system, approximately 80 percent of criminal dockets, yet they are…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    January 19, 2023

    This course is taught by Professor Ron Sullivan, The Honorable Jay Blitzman, Ms. Brandi Harden, and Professor Dehlia Umunna. Prerequisites: For JD students there…

  • Sex Equality

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home (open book), or 3 short papers throughout the term for lottery-selected group of students who apply. The relation…

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will explore the expanding practice around business and human rights, departing from its origins and moving into…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    January 19, 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…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any-Day Take-Home, Paper Option Available This course will investigate the rise of ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) as a dominant investment…

  • Seeing Criminal (In)Justice: Examining the Interplay of Visual Media, Storytelling and Criminal Law

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam As America reckons with the profound injustices of mass incarceration, this course looks at the narratives that drive our…

  • Critical Race Theory

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    January 19, 2023

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

  • Capital Punishment in America

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: For JD students, Criminal Law is required. For LLM students, permission of the instructor is required to waive the requisite. Exam Type: In…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    January 19, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Election Law Clinic (2-5 fall clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

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

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    The requirement for the course is writing that amounts to about thirty double spaced pages. The…

  • Fairness and Privacy: Perspectives of Law and Probability

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: Admission is by permission of instructors; applicants should submit letters of inquiry with CVs (as a single PDF) to Ellie Benagh, ebenagh@law.harvard.edu by June…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: One-Day Take-home This course will introduce students to the role that written, oral, and multi-media communications play in the development of…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    January 19, 2023

    Prerequisites: None. Basic knowledge of constitutional law preferred but not required. Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Financial and Legal Needs of Low and Moderate Income Households

    January 18, 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…

  • Diversity and Dispute Resolution

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

    There will be no final exam or research paper – instead, students will write a 300-500 word…

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

    January 18, 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…

  • Freedom of Expression and the Race Question

    January 18, 2023

    Prerequisites: None Exam: No Exam This course will examine racial influences on controversies involving claims to freedom of expression. The provisional table of contents for…

  • Election Law Clinic

    January 18, 2023

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

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    January 18, 2023

    Required Clinic Component: Election Law Clinic (2-5 spring clinical credits). The clinic and course are bundled; your enrollment in the clinic will automatically enroll you…

  • Class and Racial Justice

    January 18, 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,…

  • 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…