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Harvard Law Llm Program

We're a research program within HLS. With our team of expert attorneys, staff, and student research assistants, we: Track and analyze policy developments, legal actions, and court decisions; Educate policymakers, the private sector, and advocates on the legal implications of these actions, and; Educate the public by serving as an expert resource for media and providing credible, accessible analyses in online platforms.

Harvard Law Llm Program

Whether you are from Harvard Law School, Harvard University, or the community at large, we encourage you to attend our events. In addition to HRP, there are a number of other centers and programs within Harvard University focusing on human rights:

As a center for scholarship, the Human Rights Program plans events, directs international conferences and roundtables on human rights issues and publishes working papers and books. Our Visiting Fellows Program (VF program) draws advocates and scholars from around the world to conduct primary research.

The Graduate Program is the division of Harvard Law School responsible for the Master of Laws (LLM) and the Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degrees. Through our degree programs, we are working to train the next generation of leaders in academia, private practice, government, and nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.

To be considered for the LLM Program, an applicant must have a JD (Juris Doctor) from an accredited US law school or a first law degree (JD, LLB, or the equivalent) from a foreign law school. Harvard Law School rarely accepts into its LLM Program anyone who already holds (or is pursuing) an LLM from another law school in the United States. We do not require work experience or further study beyond law school but we find that people with two or more years of such experience tend to submit stronger applications and get more out of the LLM program.

Campus life at Harvard Law School is a vibrant and community-focused environment with more than 100 student organizations, groups, and activities. These organizations provide opportunities for Harvard Law School students to connect with others who share their interests, to broaden their horizons, or just to have fun. There are daily activities ranging from workshops, panels, and conferences to concerts, networking events, and athletics. The Harvard Law School Graduate Program also organizes programs, events, and activities specifically for LLM and SJD students.

Harvard Law School offers a wide range of services in career counseling for students interested in various career options. The Office of Career Services has a team of advisors and recruitment professionals who work with students and employers with a focus on private sector careers. The Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising covers the public sector, including nonprofits and public international organizations. The Graduate Program and the Office of Academic Career Advising offer advice and programming for students interested in academic careers.

Given the flexibility of the program, the range of curricula designed by students is enormous. Some students take a varied curriculum, with courses ranging from environmental law to corporations to public international law. Others select courses primarily in a single area, such as constitutional law, business organization and finance, legal theory, law and development, or human rights.

Founded in 1983 and based at Harvard Law School, PON is a consortium program of Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University, with scholars and students from numerous fields of study, including law, business, government, psychology, economics, anthropology, the arts, and education. PON activities include conferences, seminars, research projects, publications, a film series, and an annual event honoring a Great Negotiator for singular achievements as a skilled negotiator in complex situations. Each year over a thousand students take PON negotiation courses, and instructors throughout the world depend on PON materials to teach their courses.

If you need a book or journal article and you can't seen to access it through HOLLIS (or if you are asked to pay money for it), you're welcome to email a research librarian at We're happy to take a quick look as well.

Harvard Law School offers a renowned Master of Laws program (LLM), which is a one-year course for applicants from various legal systems and backgrounds. The applicants from a range of different professional backgrounds, including lawyers, government officials, law professors, diplomats, activists and business people. The LLM program admits 180 students from around 70 countries each year and, thanks to its popularity with such a diverse range of candidates, students benefit from an interesting and insightful educational experience.

The Juris Doctor (JD) is the undergraduate degree in law at the Harvard Law School. It is a three-year program that builds the foundation of legal studies for pursuing a career in law, be it research or practice. The introductory courses in the first year allow students to discover the basics of the field and then choose a specialisation for the following years in alignment with their envisioned career.

Harvard Law School offers Joint degree programs for JD students, enabling them to combine their JD and masters studies by choosing a field of interest. These programs are divided into four categories:

Harvard Law School also offers a Visiting Researcher or a Visiting Scholar program, where enrolled candidates can access Law School (and other Harvard University) libraries to conduct research on the approved topic. They can also audit classes with no credit upon taking special permission of the course instructor. Refer to the Harvard (VS/VR) Admission for more information.

To help students ease into their life at Harvard, the LLM program has staff and administrators from various offices along with the law professors, to assist students with their decisions during their course.

Fletcher provides many opportunities for students to supplement their education with joint degree and exchange programs with some of the world's leading professional schools and graduate programs. The following section outlines some of these programs, although students are encouraged to contact directly the partner institutions for additional information.

Harvard Law School, Harvard UniversityStudents in the four-year JD/MALD dual degree program with Harvard Law School normally take the first year of classes at Harvard and then take a full year at Fletcher. During the third and fourth years, students are enrolled at the Harvard Law School and cross-register for the required number of courses at Fletcher to fulfill the degree requirements of both institutions. Four Harvard Law School courses may be offered for transfer credit toward the MALD degree. Information on the combined JD/MALD program can be obtained from the director of admissions at either school.

UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California at BerkeleyThis dual degree program is normally completed in four years. Students take a full year at either UC Berkeley School of Law or Fletcher, followed by a full year at the other school. At least one semester in the remaining two years must be spent in residence at Fletcher, and the other three semesters should be spent at the UC Berkeley School of Law. For the UC Berkeley School of Law JD degree, joint degree candidates must: spend two full academic years in residence; complete the required curriculum during their first year; meet the professional responsibility and writing requirements; and complete 85 law units. Eight units of Fletcher courses may be credited to the JD degree.

This dual degree program is designed to allow students to earn a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Tuck and a MALD at Fletcher in three years, compared with four years to complete the two degrees separately. The dual program is intended to prepare students for management positions in international corporations, financial institutions, economic and development institutions, and government agencies. In addition to the MALD requirements, students are required to complete the first-year core and at least eight electives at the Tuck School. Students may present four electives from each school to count for credit at the other school as well as in the school where taken. Students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence at Fletcher and five quarters in residence at the Tuck School. Students may begin the program at either school. Career and student services are available to students through both schools. First-year students in either school are eligible to apply for admission to the other school and, if accepted, to undertake the joint degree program.

Through this program, Fletcher students earn an MBA from HEC Paris. The MBA program at HEC is a unique 16-month general management program, offering courses either entirely in English or in English and French. HEC Paris is one of the most respected European business schools and is rated among the world's leading international MBAs, and boasts an alumni network of 25,000 graduates. With a full-time faculty of 106, the MBA program enrolls approximately 200 students and 80 percent of the student body is drawn from outside France. A student is required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence at Fletcher and three terms (10 months) at HEC. A student may begin the program at either school. The fully autonomous 240-acre HEC campus is located outside Paris close to Versailles, with commuter train links to Paris.

The objective of the program is to allow students to earn both a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Instituto de Empresa and a MALD -- or a Master of Arts (MA) when applicable -- at Fletcher in two to two and a half years. The dual degree program is intended to prepare students for careers that combine international affairs and management. It is a particularly appropriate program for students who seek management responsibilities in international corporations, global financial institutions, international economic and development institutions, and government agencies. The need for individuals in such positions to have a sophisticated understanding of both international affairs and management issues in an increasingly complex and interdependent world is clear. The unique resources available at both schools can deliver that needed understanding and knowledge.

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