Harvard Law School located in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a place for people who want to think about the law’s interaction with public policy, business, information and biomedical technologies, and human needs and perceptions.



The 105 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—over 100 having 25 or fewer students. Topics range from international legal studies, child advocacy, venture capital and social and economic rights, to the law of Ancient Greece and the law of cyberspace.

The work of students and faculty receives support from superb staff and extraordinary resources, including those within the Harvard Law School library.  It houses an unparalleled collection of legal materials, from unique historical works to the latest in digital resources, and offers students and faculty the most advanced research, teaching, and publication support.  The alumni networks in every region of the world serve as an invaluable resource in mentoring students and offering networks of colleagueship and friendship among graduates.

The students provide vital advocacy for people facing eviction, for prisoners, for children with disabilities and other vulnerable individuals; they advise cities on environmental protection and economic development.  Students engage in and publish their own scholarly research and edit 17 internationally-renowned law journals, while also putting on plays, competing in intramural sports, organizing conferences, and pouring energy, leadership, and creativity into 90 student organizations.


Clinical Programs

Harvard Law School’s research programs and centers produce cutting-edge work in a wide range of fields and disciplines. From civil rights law to cyber law, human rights law to law and economics, these “idea laboratories” host lectures, symposia, and conferences that enhance intellectual discourse and debate on campus and beyond. The programs also provide students with valuable research opportunities and the chance to work directly with faculty members on projects at the cores of their scholarly agendas.

Berkman Center for Internet and Society

An entrepreneurial research program founded in 1997 to explore cyberspace, share in its study, and help pioneer its development.

Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice seek to further the vision of racial justice and equality through research, policy analysis, litigation and scholarship. The Houston Institute will place a special emphasis on the issues of voting rights, the future of affirmative action, the criminal justice system and related areas.

Child Advocacy Program
Committed to advancing children’s interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change.

East Asian Legal Studies Program
Seeks to respond to the interest in the legal cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia on the part of lawyers, historians and scholars of international and comparative law.

Environmental Law Program
Dedicated to promoting and supporting scholarship, coursework, clinical practice, and academic programming at HLS in the field of environmental law.

Harvard Law School Project on Disability
The Harvard Law School Project on Disability works to promote the human rights of people with disabilities worldwide. The central mission is facilitating domestic-level implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a human rights treaty that impacts the lives of some 650 million disabled persons globally.