Harvard Law School

HLS Class Day
Commencement

HLS Class Day

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker speaks at the Harvard Law School Class Day ceremony Wednesday afternoon.

HLS Class Day
Commencement

Sarah Jessica Parker Makes Case for Dreaming at Law School Class Day

At a speech during the Law School’s Class Day exercises, Sarah Jessica Parker—renowned actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist—implored the members of the Harvard Law School’s Class of 2016 to pursue their dreams relentlessly after leaving Harvard.

Derrick Bell at Student Rally
On Campus

Derrick Bell at Student Rally

Derrick Bell speaks at a student organized, Harvard Law School rally for faculty diversity.

HLS Lounge Vector
Harvard Law School

HLS Lounge Vector

HLS Student Support of Reclaim's Propositions

Professor Derrick Bell
Race

Students Carry On Tradition of Race Activism at the Law School

A new generation of activists is at the Law School’s helm. Student activists’ demands are broader and their tactics adapted, as they have drawn inspiration from their predecessors and built their own movement on the foundation of a vibrant history of protest at the Law School.

"Freedom of Speech is Not Neutral"
On Campus

"Freedom of Speech is Not Neutral"

A wall in the Caspersen Student Center of Harvard Law School bears messages from members of activist group Reclaim Harvard Law as well as other students who claim the group has had a chilling effect on campus freedom of speech.

Marcia L. Sells
On Campus

Marcia L. Sells

Marcia L. Sells Esq. is the Dean of Students at Harvard Law School. She has been responsible for responding to Law School student concerns.

Kurt C. Krieger '16
On Campus

Kurt C. Krieger '16

Kurt C. Krieger, Harvard Law School 3L and vocal critic of activist group Reclaim Harvard Law, wrote a letter to the editor in The Harvard Law Record criticizing the activists' narrow focus on campus-based issues.

Professor Derrick Bell
Race

Professor Derrick Bell

Derrick Bell walks with a group of Harvard Law School students after taking a voluntary unpaid leave of absence to protest the lack of tenured minority female professors.

Students Boycott Classes at Harvard Law School
Central Administration

Students Boycott Classes at Harvard Law School

Law students protest outside of President Bok's office in April 1991. Over 300 Harvard Law School students participated in a class boycott, asking for increased faculty diversity.

Black Law Student Association Protestor
Central Administration

Black Law Student Association Protestor

The Black Law Students Association, showing support for Professor Derrick Bell, rallied outside of President Bok's office in April 1991.

Law Student Rally
Central Administration

Law Student Rally

Students rally for faculty diversity at Harvard Law School in 1991.

Law Students Sit-In Dean Clark's Office
Central Administration

Law Students Sit-In Dean Clark's Office

Harvard Law School students staging a sit-in in Griswold Hall hold a strategy meeting to decide what they will do if the police enter the building.

Harvard Law School Seal
College

What’s in a Name?

Contentious debate about the history of slavery on college campuses erupted during the past year, provoking universities across the world to examine themselves and the people they honor. At Harvard, those debates have focused on symbols and titles associated, to some degree, with slavery.