Harvard Law School

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Harvard Law School is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. It is a highly prestigious and respected American law school with about 2,000 students in Cambridge, Massachusetts. HLS routinely places first or second in various law school rankings. According to USNews, its entering class boasts the highest LSAT scores in the nation and its graduates have a higher bar passage rate and average salary upon graduation than do graduates of its closest rivals Stanford and Yale.

The school was established in 1817 and has operated continuously since then. This makes Harvard the oldest law school in the United States, although it was predated by the law faculty at the College of William and Mary. The current dean of the school is Elena Kagan, who took over for Robert Clark in 2003.


Berkman Center for Internet & Society

The Harvard Law School includes the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, which focuses on the legal study of cyberspace. The Center sponsors conferences, visiting lecturers, and residential fellows. Members of the Center do research and write books, articles, and weblogs with RSS 2.0 feeds, for which the Center holds the specification. The Center's headquarters is a small Victorian wood-frame building next to the bigger brick-and-stone Harvard Law School buildings. Its newsletter, "The Filter (", is on the Web and available by e-mail, and it hosts a blog community ( of Harvard faculty, students and Berkman Center affiliates. The Berkman Center is funding the Openlaw project.

see also: prof Jonathan Zittrain

Student activities

  • The Harvard Law School Record is the nation's oldest law school newspaper.

Notable professors

Famous alumni

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Langdell Hall, home of the HLS library. December 2004

See also: Harvard University people

U.S. presidents

U.S. Supreme Court justices

U.S. Attorneys General

Members of U.S. Congress

Other graduates

Business people






Harvard Law School in popular culture

The story of several movies takes partially place at the School. Most of them have scenes filmed on location at or around Harvard University. They include:

Many popular movies feature characters introduced as Harvard Law graduates. Some of these movies include:

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