The Harvard Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students. Our chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom, limited government, and judicial restraint. Membership is open to all: our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues.

The Society stands for three main principles:

  • The state exists to preserve freedom;
  • The separation of powers is central to our Constitution; and
  • It is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

We seek to promote awareness of these principles in the Harvard Law School community and beyond, while creating a learning atmosphere that is open to alternative viewpoints. Each term, we organize a wide range of activities—from speeches and debates by noted legal scholars and political figures to informal social events. To learn more about what the Harvard Federalist Society has been up to, please read our Summer and Fall Newsletters.

Please note that our goal is to encourage the exchange of ideas on campus. As such, we do not promote particular policies, endorse nominees or candidates, adopt political stances, advocate for political outcomes, nor lobby for legislation.

On July 8, members spending their summers in DC had the opportunity to have lunch with The Honorable Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in his chambers.

On July 8, members spending their summers in DC had the opportunity to have lunch with The Honorable Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in his chambers.

Members of Section 6 with Professor Charles Fried at the Federalist Society's Annual Banquet.

Professor Charles Fried with Section 6 Members at the Federalist Society’s Annual Banquet.

2013 National Lawyers Convention

The HLS Chapter at the 2013 National Lawyers Convention in Washington, DC.