Established in 1817, Harvard Law School is the oldest continuously operating law school in the nation, but its greatest tradition is its commitment to critical analysis- of law, legal institutions, and legal education itself. Curricular innovations revise rich traditions to keep pace with rapidly evolving legal, economic, and technological developments. The 103 full-time professors bring to the School a depth and range of experience unmatched by any other law faculty, and offer more than 300 upper-level classroom and clinical courses. In classrooms and in research projects, and in 26 clinics, the faculty and students seek innovative solutions to real-world problems. The extraordinary and innovative corporate law faculty instructs students not only in advising clients and structuring complex transactions, but also in thinking globally in designing sound, effective, fair domestic and international regulatory frameworks.
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
The J.D. (Juris Doctor) is a three-year program that gives students the intellectual foundations for legal study, and then gives them the opportunity to focus their studies on areas of particular interest through advanced classes, clinics, and writing projects.
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
The one-year LL.M. (Master of Laws) program provides students who already have excellent legal training and experience with broad latitude to design a course of study that will give them an expanded understanding of law and legal theory.
Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) Program
The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is Harvard Law School's most advanced law degree, designed for aspiring legal academics who wish to pursue sustained independent study, research, and writing. S.J.D. candidates constitute a vibrant intellectual community of young scholars from around the world, most of whom go on to pursue teaching and scholarly careers at leading universities in their home countries, the U.S., or elsewhere.
The Law School offers Joint JD/Masters degree programs with Harvard's Business School, School of Public Health, Kennedy School of Government, and Graduate School of Design, as well as a coordinated JD/Ph.D. degree with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a joint JD/ LL.M. degree with the Cambridge University Faculty of Law in England. In addition, students can arrange to complete the JD program concurrently with graduate degree programs other than those with which the Law School has established joint programs.
The primary mission of the Harvard Law School Library is to support the research and curricular needs of its faculty and students by providing a superb collection of legal materials and by offering the highest possible level of service. To the extent consistent with its mission, the Library supports the research needs of the greater Harvard community as well as scholars from outside the Harvard community requiring access to its unique collections. The Library continuously explores new and innovative modes of access to its collections such as e-book readers and print on demand.
The Clinical Legal Education Program is one of the most important and valued aspects of a Harvard Law School education, confirming the commitment to public service and to providing the students with the best possible educational experience. With nearly 30 in-house clinics and hundreds of externships, Harvard Law School has more clinical opportunities than any law school in the world. Harvard also provides unparalleled financial support to assist students in certain aspects of clinical and pro bono work. The various law clinics are: Child Advocacy Program, Criminal Justice Institute, Criminal Prosecution Clinic, Cyber Law Clinic, Death Penalty Clinic, Education Law Clinic / Trauma Learning Policy Initiative, Employment Law Clinic, Family and Children (LSC), Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Government Lawyer - The Prosecutor, Government Lawyer - Semester in Washington, Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, Health, Disability, and Planning (LSC), International Human Rights Clinic, Judicial Process in Community Courts, Post- Foreclosure Eviction Defense Housing Clinic (LSC), Predatory Lending Prevention/Consumer Protection Clinic (LSC), Sports Law, State Attorney General, Supreme Court Clinic, Transactional Law Clinics.
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