As 2020 comes to a close, a look back at our most liked photos of the year from Harvard Law School’s Instagram. Follow us to see all our photos and stories, and for a glimpse of life at HLS.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Credit: Tony Rinaldo

1.  Sept. 19: Our most liked photo of 2020 is a 2009 portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’56-’58, taken at a conference on gender and the law at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The photo was posted after the passing of Justice Ginsburg, on Sept. 18, 2020.


Brick building framed by a wrought iron fence and snow covered tree branches. Ground and building covered in snow after a snowstorm.

Credit: Martha Stewart

2.  Dec. 17: Hastings Hall blanketed in snow after a storm.


Tree branches with white buds. Top of the Harvard Law Library out of focus in the background.

Credit: Martha Stewart

3.  Apr. 14: Spring arrives at Harvard Law School.


Sun shining over the top of the Harvard Law Library, view on blue sky and clouds between the building and green leaves on tree branches/

Credit: Kim Wright

4.  Jul. 29: Enjoying the summer vibe outside Langdell Hall.


Photo of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg on poster board with handwritten notes stuck to it on post-its, and flowers. Resting on a column outside the Law School Library.

Credit: Martha Stewart

5.  Sept. 21: A memorial to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, started by HLS students, on the steps of Langdell Hall (slideshow).


A bench covered in a dusting of snow, surrounded by trees with changing leaves also covered in snow. Still snowing.

Credit: Martha Stewart

6.  Oct. 30: The first snow of the season arrived a little early this year.


Dean John F. Manning standing at a podium outside next to steps.

Credit: Lorin Granger

7.  Sept. 1: In an address to the new J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. students during virtual orientation, Harvard Law School Dean John F. Manning ’85 said: “In this moment of great challenge, where fundamental change is so badly needed, I know that many of you will take up this mantle of leadership.”


Credit: Kathleen Dooher

8.  May 27: “I have always felt very strongly that I need to work against inequality and the forces that make it possible,” Niku Jafarnia J.D./M.P.P. ’20.


Illustration of a red, white, and blue ballot box, flames coming out of the top.
9.  Oct. 21: The fall 2020 issue of the Harvard Law Bulletin featured stories on the 2020 presidential race, navigating the nation’s first virtual jury trial, and a new series of talks led by Harvard Law faculty that are helping provide clarity on the topics that have driven this difficult year.


Credit: Heratch Photography

10.  Feb. 28: The LL.M. Class of 2020 celebrated at the annual International Party, an annual event that brings the HLS community together to share international food and drink, cultural displays, and music and dance from around the world (slideshow).