Monday, October 9, 2006

Harvard's curricular overhaul extends to law school

I reported a few days ago about changes to Harvard's undergraduate curriculum. It seems they are retooling the law school curriculum as well. Last week the law faculty unanimously approved a number of changes. The first-year curriculum will lessen the emphasis on the traditional courses in property, torts, contracts, civil procedure, and criminal law, and it will add three new courses: Legislation and Regulation; an elective in international/comparative law; and Problems and Theories, a course in problem solving.

On the listservs, some faculty members have reported that their schools' previously required courses in legislative and administrative law were dropped due to lack of interest by students and faculty. One has to wonder whether Harvard's experience will be different.


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