Resources at Harvard Law School
- HLS has seven programs of study which host events and provide career and course guidance. The Law & Government Program of Study’s website has some good resources for those interested in working for cities, and the Program often hosts events relating to local government, which you can keep track of through the Program’s facebook page.
- Particularly for students interested in cities, the HELIOS job search database and OPIA’s “who worked where” lists can be very helpful ways to explore your options and use your classmates as a resource.
- OPIA’s guide to careers in state and local government provides an introduction to government lawyering at the state and local level. Note though, that this guide was last updated in 2009 and reflects only a narrow range of career options.
Courses and professors
- Local Government Law is taught at least once each year, usually by HLS’s long-time local government law scholar Gerald Frug. Susan Crawford is a newer faculty member at the Law School (and faculty sponsor for the HLS Urbanists), and teaches City Use of Technology and the Responsive Communities Lab.
- Other courses that may be of specific interest to Urbanists are Housing Law and Policy, those related to real estate, such as Spring 2017’s Real Estate Law, and State Constitutional Law, taught every winter term by Judge Jeffrey Sutton. Additionally, Judge David Barron, formerly a local government law scholar and professor at HLS (among other things), still teaches some courses at the Law School.
- Of course, because almost all issues are, in some sense, urban issues, there are many other courses for those interested in cities, from Environmental Law to Criminal Procedure to Education Law and Policy.
- Many Clinics and Student Practice Organizations–including but not limited to the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Cyberlaw Clinic, Housing Law Clinic, and Education Law Clinic–have opportunities for work, on and off campus, relating to urban issues. You can also arrange an independent clinic in the area or away from campus during the winter term.