Harvard Law School History

It Was a Dark and Stormy Semester...

Portrayals of Harvard Law School in Literature

The depiction of law in literature is not a new phenomenon.  From The Illiad to Merchant of VeniceBilly Budd to The Bluest Eye, the law “has fascinated creative writers and literary scholars (not to mention filmmakers)” just as “literature has fascinated and even inspired” judges and lawyers (Posner, Law and Literature, 2009, p. 5).

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Women at HLS

Since women were first admitted to Harvard Law School in 1950, female students have slowly but surely carved out a place for themselves on campus. Sixty years of female graduates--from 1953 to Celebration 60 in 2013-- have transformed the HLS campus and student life. As enrollment of women in incoming classes grew slowly from 2.5% of the first entering class to 48% of the Class of 2015, female students have had an effect on the classroom,...

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The Harvard Law School and the Road to Brown: A Legacy of Justice on Display

In 2004, the Harvard Law School marked the 50th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. Throughout the School, scores of seminars, lectures and special events commemorated this extraordinary milestone in the history of civil rights in America. This focus on the Brown decision made for an exciting time at the Law School as it is clearly an event whose ramifications, not only in the legal arena, but also in the broader political, social and philosophical spheres, continue to reverberate to this day. There is much to be examined,...

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Life Beyond the Law

Over the years, students have found respite from their studies in activities both solitary and social, on campus and off. Life Beyond the Law: Exploring Student Life Outside the Harvard Law School Classroom examines the experiences of Harvard Law School students from the mid-1840s to the present. It focuses on life outside the classroom along the themes of off-campus activities, leisure and the arts, and athletics. Largely told in their own words, this exhibit gives a glimpse...

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