Research Assistants – Extraterritorial Use of Lethal Force

The new Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) is seeking HLS research assistants for a project on “Extraterritorial Use of Lethal Force.” HLS students interested in contributing to this project should submit the online form at < >. After submitting the form, please send a cover e-mail with a 5- to 10-page writing sample and your c.v. or résumé to Dustin Lewis (, cc’ing

Prof. Kaplow Hiring Research Assistants

Professor Kaplow is looking for a number of research assistants, mainly for antitrust and law & economics. Please send to Molly Eskridge (HA318A, the following information: (1) a letter indicating your area(s) of interest, relevant background, and amount of time available, (2) a resume, and (3) a law school transcript (informal is fine). (1Ls are encouraged to apply. Please also include undergraduate information for item #3.) 

Fall Semester Pro Bono Tax Law Opportunity

The Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School is seeking volunteer law students to work with our Pro Bono Low-Income Taxpayer Project. Through the Project, LSC represents local low-income taxpayers before the IRS and in Tax Court. Most cases involve controversies with the IRS relating to the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, dependency exemptions, and similar issues. Some cases also involve collection matters, such as installment agreements and offers in compromise. Under the guidance of an experienced tax attorney who has worked both in the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and as a public interest lawyer on behalf of low-income taxpayers, students will likely have opportunities to participate in client interviews, conduct legal research, develop case strategy, engage in evidence gathering, draft advocacy letters to the IRS, and/or draft Tax Court petitions. Students should expect to make a minimum time commitment of two to three hours per week. Some of the work will need to be completed at LSC’s community-based location (the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston), but some work can also be completed remotely from campus. Students can either volunteer during the entirety of the fall semester or for a shorter interval. Interested students—or those with questions—should send an email to dkensinger2013 at Applicants should briefly describe the basis for their interest and should attach a resume. More information about the Legal Services Center can be found here:

Creative Writers’ Group 2014

With the assistance of Rose Moss, and under the auspices of the Law and the Arts Initiative, Professor Janet Halley invites students to join a Creative Writers’ Group in the fall of 2014. We welcome applications from HLS students with prose fiction, memoir and biography projects, who wish to join a weekly group in the Fall Semester, to discuss their works in progress. The group is for J.D. and graduate students in the Law School. Meetings will take place on Wednesday, 3-4:30pm through the Fall Semester. Regular attendance will be important. Members of the group will submit work for class discussion. Rose Moss will assign some passages or short stories for participants to read. No direct academic credit is provided for membership in the group, but Janet Halley will offer to provide a 1-credit independent-study supervision to students in the course, and has a list of other faculty also willing to consider such arrangements. To inquire or apply, email a 1-page statement of interest to Rose Moss at We will admit students on a rolling basis, and we will let you know by September 10. The first meeting will take place Wednesday, September 17 at 3-4:30pm in WCC 3036.

Research Assistants Needed

Professor Jesse Fried would like to hire several students to assist him with the preparation of materials for his corporations and venture-capital courses, as well as with research on several projects relating to corporate law and corporate governance. Familiarity with these courses would be helpful, but is not required. Some background in finance is desirable. Hours and scheduling are flexible. Please send cover letter and CV (including LSAT score) to by September 15. 

Internship with Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data Project

The Privacy Tools team at the Berkman Center is looking for 1-2 law students to help with research and analysis on privacy law and policy issues. Under the direction of project team leaders, student tasks may include researching and writing short memoranda on selected topics in law, summarizing recent publications in professional journals, and attending lectures and events with the larger project team. Additional opportunities may arise during the course of the semester. The Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project is a collaboration between three Harvard institutions – the Center for Research on Computation and Society (CRCS) at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society. The project seeks to develop computational and legal methods, tools, and policies to further the tremendous value that can come from collecting, analyzing, and sharing data while more fully protecting the privacy of individuals whose information resides with large data sets. More information about the position is here: To apply, please send your current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience to David O’Brien at with “Application for part-time Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data opportunity” in the subject line. 

Internet Governance Internship

The Berkman Center’s Internet Governance research project is hiring a research assistant for the Fall 2014 semester. This job will require an individual with exemplary writing and editing skills. This project aims to inform the debate about the future of Internet governance by identifying, assessing, and testing, innovative approaches to distributed and collaborative Internet governance. More information about the position is here: To apply, please email a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience as well as a current CV or resume. Also, please provide a writing sample of 2-5 pages in length that accurately reflects your writing skills. Applications and requests for more information should be sent to Ryan Budish, Project Fellow, at 

Research Assistant to Prof. Urs Gasser

Urs Gasser, Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School and Executive Director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, seeks a couple of Research Assistants for the 2014-2015 Academic year. One position will principally consist of aiding Professor Gasser with the preparation of an extensive, comparative Privacy Report in advance of a Fall 2015 conference. More about this role is here: One RA will work closely with Professor Gasser in a number of issue areas, including internet governance, information quality, intermediary liability, and other cyberlaw issues. More about this role is here: To apply, please email a current CV or resume and a cover letter summarizing your interest and experience. Applications should be sent to Annie Pruitt at 

Research Assistants – International Law and Armed Conflict

The new Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) is seeking HLS research assistants for projects on “Medical Care in Armed Conflict: IHL and State Responses to Terrorism” and on “The Goals of War and War’s End.” HLS students interested in contributing to these projects this fall should submit the online form at < >. After submitting the form, please send a cover e-mail with a 5- to 10-page writing sample and your c.v. or résumé to Dustin Lewis (, cc’ing

Teaching Assistants – Spier- Analytical Methods

Professor Spier is looking for HLS students to serve as Teaching Assistants for Analytical Methods for Lawyers this Fall. Students with strong backgrounds in economics (microeconomics, game theory, decision analysis) and/or business methods (corporate finance, basic accounting) should send a resume and brief statement of interest to Susan Norton ( Please also contact Ms. Norton with any questions or for additional information.

Research Assistant

Research assistant sought for a newly-launched study of petitioning at the Founding—especially as the practice was used by the unenfranchised (e.g., women, Native Americans, and slaves)—and how petitioning shaped the early institutional development of Congress. Work will be conducted for credit and will be overseen by Climenko Fellow, Maggie McKinley, and Professor Dan Carpenter of the Department of Government. If interested, please send a C.V., HLS transcript, and brief statement of interest to Maggie McKinley

Semester Abroad applications for spring 2015 are due September 15

The Semester Abroad Program is a wonderful opportunity for Harvard Law School students to receive a semester of ungraded credit towards the Harvard J.D. degree for study at a law school overseas. Applications for spring 2015 semester abroad are due September 15. Current applicants are encouraged to attend the Semester Abroad Application Question and Answer Session on Thursday, September 11 from 12-1pm in Wasserstein 5053. For more information please visit

Sex Equality course and Gender Crimes seminar

Given the intensive schedule of Sex Equality, all students considering taking the course are STRONGLY URGED to attend the first class September 8, 1:00-4:00, in Pound 101. Professor MacKinnon will be on leave in Fall, 2015. This message may be of special interest to students waitlisted for Professor MacKinnon’s seminar, Evolution of Gender Crimes, which is oversubscribed. 

Research Assistants needed

Two research assistants sought for assorted projects related to lobbying, petitioning, participatory democracy, and civic technologies. Time commitment will require approximately eight to ten hours per week for the fall and spring semesters. Commitment for the entire year preferred. Research duties will range from conducting legal research on lobbying law and the First Amendment, coding and cleaning large data sets, transcribing and coding original interview data, and conducting historical research on primary documents. One position will be funded through the Kennedy School and, although not mandatory, a joint J.D./Kennedy student is preferred for that position. If interested, please send a C.V., HLS transcript, and brief statement of interest to Maggie McKinley, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law,


If you are currently enrolled in Prof. Cass Sunstein’s fall 2014 Administrative Law or Prof. Stephenson’s spring 2015 Administrative Law, there is new opportunity to do clinical work with the Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA), located at 1 Congress Street, 11th Floor, Boston. Students interested in working with Magistrates at the Massachusetts Division of Administrative Law Appeals (DALA) will assist with the resolution of appeals from a variety of state agencies starting with the arrival of the appeal at DALA until the final DALA decision is rendered. For each case assigned to a student, this can mean attending the pre-hearing conference, the hearing, consultation with the magistrate assigned to write the decision, research and drafting for the magistrate’s decision as well as the feedback and editing process with the magistrate. Students may have the option of selecting the subject matter of the appeal they handle as the magistrates at DALA hear and decide appeals from various state agencies including Retirement Boards, the Board of Registration in Medicine, the Department of Public Health, the Civil Service Commission, the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Veterans’ Services. Students are expected to be available for at least one full day a week at the DALA office in Boston. Students may earn clinical credits as follows: 2 clinical credits = ten hours of week of work; 3 clinical credits = 15 hours of work per week; and 4 clinical credits = 20 hours of work per week. Students will earn a separate clinical grade for their work. For questions concerning this opportunity for clinical work, please contact Liz Solar at Please also include a copy of your resume. The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs will handle clinical registration. 

Contracts/Section 7- First assignment and other information

The books for the course are Steven J. Burton, “Principles of Contract Law,” (Fourth Edition – 2012) and Steven J. Burton, “Contract Law: Selected Source Materials/Annotated” (2014 Edition). Hard copies of the syllabus will be available the first day of class on Tuesday, September 2nd. Please check the course ISite prior to class as well. For our first class on September 2, please prepare pages 1-8 in the first of these books. I would appreciate it if you did not bring laptops (or other electronic devices) to Contracts class this semester.