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  • An illustration of Lady Justice in white blindfolded with a mask to prevent COVID which is represented by red dots scattered around

    Practicing Law in the Wake of a Pandemic

    July 15, 2022

    ‘Everyone is struggling to understand what this new world is going to look like’

  • Image of four people presenting at the City Life Vida Urbana

    Clinics in Action

    July 15, 2022

    For one day in the 2019–2020 academic year, Harvard Law Today followed just a handful of Harvard Law's 47 legal clinics to see their work — and their efforts to advance justice — in action.

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    Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery

    April 28, 2022

    A report issued by the Presidential Committee on Harvard and the Legacy of Slavery recounts the many ways Harvard University participated in, and profited from, slavery. Harvard leaders and scholars examine the report and its implications for the future.

  • A globe of planet earth on the background of blurred lights of a city.

    Inspiring change

    April 22, 2022

    On Earth Day, we highlight some of the work being done by Harvard Law students, scholars, clinics, and programs to address some our most pressing environmental issues.

  • Detail of a map of Europe focusing on Ukraine, Poland, and other Eastern European countries

    Focus on Ukraine

    March 2, 2022

    As the war in Ukraine intensifies, Harvard Law Today turns to faculty, alums, and experts on international law and negotiation for perspectives on the global response to the Russian invasion, and what the future holds for this sovereign nation under threat.

  • Close up of multi-colored small candy hearts.

    Harvard Law School Valentines

    February 9, 2022

    Whether you’ve already conveyed your heart (for proper consideration), or you’re out of practice, here are a few Valentines to help you court a special someone, cheer up your amicus, or find a new study buddy.

  • image of blind folded woman holding scales and sword

    Faith in the Law

    January 31, 2022

    Four distinct programs pursue research and address current topics linked to the intersection of religion and law

  • Man standing in stairwell of Griswold Hall, with view of campus behind him

    Maverick in the Middle

    January 31, 2022

    Randall Kennedy seeks nuance in an age of absolutism

  • Stephen Breyer

    Breyer retires

    January 28, 2022

    Harvard Law Today offers a look back at Justice Stephen Breyer's career and his legacy, and his lifelong connection to Harvard Law School.

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    ‘I’m trying to make sure I check off all the things I came to Harvard to do’

    January 25, 2022

    From curating an art show to hiking the trails around Boston, Harvard Law students share what they're looking forward this semester.

  • Front view of a building on campus in the evening

    Building for the Future

    January 25, 2022

    With a focus on fostering collaboration and community, the modernist building has been transformed into a 21st-century work environment

  • Two people walking in a hallway with other people walking along behind and next to them.

    Weighing President Biden’s first year

    January 18, 2022

    In this series, Harvard Law experts turn a critical eye to the Biden administration’s efforts on health care, the economy, criminal justice reform, and other areas important to Americans — and share their thoughts on its agenda for the future.

  • Snow covered tree branches and building with columns

    Snowtime

    December 17, 2021

    Winter in all its glory takes center stage at HLS. From snow-covered branches to buildings dusted in white, from spring blooms peeking out to a squirrel’s surprise, scenes of winter abound at HLS.

  • Harvard Law School top photos of 2021

    December 15, 2021

    A look back at our most popular Instagram posts of 2021.

  • Four women standing outside, side-by-side, one woman hugging another. Trees with orange and yellow leaves behind them.

    Giving thanks

    November 23, 2021

    As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday break, members of the Harvard Law School community share what they're grateful for this year.

  • Larry Vilord and Rhett Chalk

    In their honor

    November 10, 2021

    To mark Veterans Day, Harvard Law Today highlights a few of the profiles and stories that illustrate the profound commitment of those in the HLS community to service and the law.

  • Veteran perspectives

    November 5, 2021

    Harvard Law students who have served in the various branches of the Armed Forces represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, but all share a profound dedication to serving the nation.

  • Photograph of a woman looking at her painted portrait as a man claps and others in the audience look on.

    Portraits in Leadership

    October 27, 2021

    From the late 1800s to today artists have created portraits of Harvard Law School's deans, preserving a visual history of the school's leaders.

  • A glass flower on exhibit at Harvard University.

    Harvard beyond the Yard

    September 23, 2021

    Harvard Law faculty and staff reveal beloved spots for work and play at America’s oldest institution of higher learning.

  • Four female students standing outside, smiling and holding food, on the lawn in front of a columned building.

    ‘Where else but Harvard Law School?’

    September 16, 2021

    Get to know some of our first year J.D students and new LL.M.s — and why they chose HLS!

  • Tribute in Light 9/11 memorial as seen from Liberty State Park, New Jersey

    Twenty years after 9/11, leaders in the nation’s response reflect

    September 9, 2021

    On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Harvard Law Today asked five Harvard Law School alumni and a former adjunct professor, all of whom had prominent roles in counterterrorism and other national policies during and after 9/11, to share their reflections about the events of that day.

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    Exploring Cambridge and beyond

    September 2, 2021

    Harvard Law School faculty and staff recommend a few of their favorite spots on either side of the Charles River.

  • Woman with short black hair with raised right hand and other hand on a bible held by a man

    Katherine Tai represents

    July 23, 2021

    In her new role as U.S. trade representative, Tai ’01 brings legal expertise, political savvy, and a deep commitment to American workers.

  • Illustration showing Pinocchio caught in a spider's web with social media icons

    Oh, what a tangled web we weave

    July 7, 2021

    Deception spreads faster than truth on social media. Who — if anyone — should stop it?

  • Man walking away from a podium by an American Flag and a sign that says Department of Justice Washington

    Off the bench and into the breach

    June 30, 2021

    Merrick Garland ’77 made the unusual choice to leave a lifetime appointment on the nation’s second most influential court to instead lead a federal agency with roughly 115,000 employees. Unusual, but not surprising, say those who know him well.

  • black and white image of a large prison

    ‘What can we do to help create 150 years of change in 10 years?’

    June 24, 2021

    Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08 and Premal Dharia, leaders of the ambitious new Institute to End Mass Incarceration, take aim at ‘one of the defining civil rights issues of our time.’

  • Juneteenth

    June 14, 2021

    Annette Gordon-Reed ’84 on her home state of Texas' complex history.

  • Nine head shots four women and five men

    Summations

    June 3, 2021

    Graduating students share thoughts on their aspirations, challenges, and making the most of their HLS experience.

  • American flag on the wall in the background; President Joe Biden at a podium with Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sitting behind him.

    Evaluating President Biden’s first 100 days

    April 28, 2021

    As President Joe Biden approached his 100th day in office, Harvard Law Today asked faculty members and researchers from across Harvard Law School to weigh in on the new administration’s agenda, actions, accomplishments, and failures to date.

  • A demonstrator holding a sign the reads, System Change, Not Climate Change, with a drawing of the Earth.

    A focus on the environment

    April 22, 2021

    In recognition of Earth Day, we highlight some recent work and perspectives of Harvard Law's students and scholars committed to environmental change.

  • Taking Ames

    March 17, 2021

    On March 10, two teams of HLS students faced off for the final round of the Ames Moot Court Competition. For the first time in its more than 100-year-old history, the competition was conducted virtually, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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    Harvard Law School’s top ten photos of 2020

    December 28, 2020

    Harvard Law School's most liked images of the year.

  • Nuremberg trial

    Access to history

    December 9, 2020

    The Harvard Law School Library's Nuremberg Trials Project has been used by students, academics, filmmakers and artists among others to support their work in the retelling and documentation of World War II and the atrocities committed during that time.

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    ‘This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for change’

    November 19, 2020

    HLS faculty on COVID-19 and the pressing questions of racism, racial injustice, and abuse of power that have driven this difficult year—and that are the focus of three new lecture series at the school.

  • photo of four HLS veterans

    Veterans of war and service

    November 6, 2020

    Harvard students who have served in the various branches of the Armed Forces represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, but all have at least one thing in common: a profound dedication to serving the nation.

  • Pile of red, white, and blue election buttons that read VOTE 2020.

    Why I vote

    October 30, 2020

    Members of the HLS community share why they believe voting is important.

  • photo illustration Larry Lessig and tally marks

    How It All Adds Up

    October 26, 2020

    Lawrence Lessig discusses institutional threats to representative democracy.

  • illustration of a ballot box on fire

    An Election for the History Books?

    October 15, 2020

    Harvard professors place the 2020 presidential race in historical context and consider its impact on our future.

  • Harvard Law School Orientation 2020

    September 3, 2020

    In August, Harvard Law School officially kicked off the start of the fall 2020 academic year with a multi-day, highly interactive orientation for incoming students.

  • Man standing outside buildings

    How Do You Prepare for a Pandemic?

    August 21, 2020

    David Beck ’91, senior vice president and chief legal counsel at Boston Medical Center, shares what it took to get the safety-net hospital ready for the coronavirus and the most challenging month in its history—and what might come out of this difficult season.

  • Iluustration of people six feet apart mailing in a vote

    When Voting Is a Risky Choice

    August 4, 2020

    The November 2020 general election was shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated, nerve-wracking and deeply contested elections in American history, with most onlookers expecting record-breaking voter turnout. Then a pandemic hit.

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    The Urgency of the Moment

    July 23, 2020

    A Year Unlike Any Other John F. Manning ’85, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean at Harvard Law School This has been a year unlike…

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    Distance Learning Up Close

    July 23, 2020

    Teaching and learning at Harvard Law School in the first months of the pandemic

  • Robert E. Lee statue surrounded by protesters

    Must We Allow Symbols of Racism on Public Land?

    July 23, 2020

    A legal historian who has focused on the history of U.S. slavery puts the push to remove Confederate statues in context.

  • A Killing in Broad Daylight

    July 23, 2020

    In the wake of the killing of George Floyd, legal scholars see a moment of reckoning.

  • Radhe Patel ’20 with family

    Pomp and Circumstance

    July 21, 2020

    On May 28, 2020, Harvard Law students gathered to celebrate their graduation. The gathering did not take place at the foot of Langdell Hall, but rather in living rooms and backyards worldwide, from Cambridge to California, from New Zealand to the Netherlands, at all hours of the day and night.

  • Julian Morimoto sits on the steps of Langdell

    First Class

    February 6, 2020

    An organization started by Harvard Law students offers community and resources for low-income and first-generation college students at the school.