Classes resume tomorrow

Hi again (with what I hope is the final storm announcement):

The Law School will resume normal operations on Tuesday morning. Classes will be held as scheduled.

Students who typically rely on public transportation should check the MBTA website for updates.  At present, MBTA services are expected to be restored in the early morning.  If you are unsure about your transportation options, you will be able to park for free tomorrow with a Harvard ID at 10 Everett Street (the WCC lot) and 52 Oxford Street (on the corner of Everett and Oxford).

Any additional updates will be posted to, the law school home page and/or Message Me.



Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency for Massachusetts in anticipation of the storm.  As you might imagine, there are a number of offices working with various campus services to prepare the campus and community.

If we need to send urgent updates during the storm and aftermath, we will update the Law School’s website and send email when possible but a critical means of emergency contact is Message Me.  If you haven’t already done so, register for Message Me so that you can receive text alerts as necessary

Before the storm, please review the University emergency page:

the law school’s emergency contacts page:

and check out the State of Massachusetts page:
for additional information on the storm and emergency preparedness.

Other than that, remember to charge up all of your devices, get a flashlight if you don’t already have one (each RA in the dorms has a flashlight to assist residents), stock up on batteries, and have some non-perishable food on hand since food service may be limited in the event of a black out.

Classes are still scheduled and the plan is to keep most if not all services in place but we will keep you posted if anything changes.

Requirements for Students Traveling Abroad

We realize that many students will be traveling abroad over the course of the year and wish to remind you of the required procedures.  Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) prior to departure to:

register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry.  This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. natural disaster, civil unrest, etc). Registering is required for all students traveling on trips funded or arranged by the University and strongly recommended for everyone.  Students should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date.

review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release

obtain an International SOS membership card and review the program’s services

In addition, HLS students should review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings.  Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must:

complete and submit the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel

consult with Steve Taylor, Associate Director of International Safety and Security

This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel.  Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.

For more information on each of these steps, and traveling abroad in general, please be sure to visit our international travel webpage.

If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs.

We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)
Austin West & Rotunda, Harvard Law School
– 6-7pm: A conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn.
– 7pm: Q&A from students/audience.
– Reception to follow in Austin West Rotunda with book signing by the COOP
– Watch The Paper Chase in Caspersen South, or The Pub the week before the event
– Check out the Special Exhibit in Caspersen Treasure Room, 4th floor Library

Security Series: RAD Class TODAY

As a continuation of the series of security events we offer, I want to remind you about the following event today:

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program taught by HUPD officers empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making one’s own decisions, and realization of one’s own power. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance self-defense options for women. The classes provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance.

Class is open only to female students, faculty, and staff.  From 3:15-5:15 pm in Milstein East C.  Space is still available so you can attend if you haven’t registered (as long as space permits).

HLS Thinks Big

For those of you who will be around…

All HLS students are cordially invited to attend our annual HLS Thinks Big event.  Please register below and mark your calendars.  We hope to see you there!