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Race and the Law

  • Transgender Law & Politics

    September 29, 2022

    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,…

  • Race & The Law: America’s Ongoing Struggle with Changing Conceptions of Race

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Critical Corporate Theory Lab

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Communication, Law and Social Justice

    September 29, 2022

    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…

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

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Election Law Clinic

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Criminal Procedure: Investigations

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 29, 2022

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

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Business and Human Rights Seminar: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    September 29, 2022

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

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

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Misdemeanor Justice

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Lawyering for Children & Youth Clinical Seminar

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Race, Class, Policing, and Punishment

    September 29, 2022

    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

    September 29, 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,…

  • Employment Discrimination

    September 29, 2022

    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,…

  • ESG: Corporate Ethics in the 21st Century

    September 29, 2022

    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…

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

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam

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

  • Sex Equality

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Capital Punishment in America

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Fairness and Privacy: Perspectives of Law and Probability

    September 29, 2022

    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…

  • Constitutional Law: First Amendment

    September 29, 2022

    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

    September 29, 2022

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

  • Judicial Process in Trial Courts Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    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…

  • Child Advocacy Clinic

    September 26, 2022

    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

    September 26, 2022

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

  • Law and the Legal System through the Lens of Latinx/a/o Communities

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This seminar will examine the law and the construction of race/national origin, as well as the intersection of LatinX/a/o…

  • 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…

  • Race and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 2L

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Freedom of Expression and the Race Question

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Framing, Narrative, and Supreme Court Jurisprudence

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Employment Law Workshop: Strategies for Social Change

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Financial and Legal Needs of Low and Moderate Income Households

    September 14, 2022

    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…

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

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Making Rights Real: The Ghana Project Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    Enrollment in this clinic will fulfill the HLS JD pro bono requirement. Students are required to enroll in 1 spring clinical credit. Students will have…

  • Capital Punishment Clinic

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 3L

    September 14, 2022

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

  • Constitutions, Law, and Empire

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam What is a Constitution? Why, and under what circumstances, do people make them? What about the United States and…

  • Constitutional History II: From Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: Any Day Take-Home This course examines, from the perspective of social and political history, constitutional developments from the enactment of the…

  • 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…

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

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Election Law Clinical Seminar

    September 14, 2022

    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…

  • Federal Courts and the Federal System

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisite: For JD students, this course is open to those who have taken, or are concurrently taking, Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Federalism, and the…

  • Asian Americans and the Law

    September 14, 2022

    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…