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Workshops & Colloquia

Writers' Workshop | Workshop for Short Paper Writing Projects | Byse Workshops | Colloquia

The Graduate workshops and colloquia, led by the Byse Fellows, by Graduate Fellows and by Graduate Program administrators, are non-credit offerings that meet approximately every two weeks during the course of a semester or the year. In the case of workshops, discussion is generally organized around reading materials and/or an exposition by a workshop participant or guest speaker. For colloquia, the perspectives of the student participants contribute to the direction and content of the series. Schedules of meetings can be obtained by contacting the workshop or colloquium leader.


Dr. Jane Fair Bestor - Full Year

The LL.M. Writers' Workshop is a voluntary, non-credit workshop that supports students in completing the LL.M. written work requirement. All LL.M. students must satisfy the written work requirement for the LL.M. degree. Students writing the 50-Page Paper are strongly encouraged to participate in the workshop. The workshop is open to all LL.M. students interested in learning about the process of writing an academic paper in an American law school.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Help students conceptualize, research, and produce a significant piece of writing.
  • Introduce students to basic legal research skills (both U.S. and international) and American legal writing techniques.
  • Facilitate advising relationships between LL.M. students and an S.J.D. candidate, and with library research staff.
  • Help structure and set deadlines for researching and writing papers.
  • Provide guidance and other non-technical support for LL.M. writing projects.


Meirav Furth
Joanna Noronha

Students writing the 25-Page Paper are strongly encouraged to take part in the programming presented through the Workshop for Short Writing Projects.  This Workshop offers guidance  to students in such areas as choosing topics and supervisors, writing research proposals, and addressing methodological and organizational issues, and the like.


Byse Workshops are named in honor of Byrne Professor of Law Emeritus Clark Byse, and meet approximately every two weeks during the course of a semester. The Workshops, which are open to J.D., LL.M. and S.J.D. students alike, are led by selected S.J.D. students, and provide an in-depth treatment of some aspect of their dissertation scholarship. Participants who wish to write a paper in conjunction with the workshop may be eligible to receive one credit for the paper as long as (a) the paper is at least 25 pages long, and (b) a faculty member acts as the formal supervisor of the paper. The Graduate Program can provide students with further information about how to make such arrangements. There is no need to register for a Workshop in advance.

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Byse Workshops included:

  • Family Violence and the Law - Claire Houston (Fall, 2014)
  • Inside the Boardroom: Current Topics in Board Structure, Composition and Compensation - Yaron Nili (Fall, 2014)
  • Shadow Banking as a Legal Design - Nadav Orian Peer (Spring, 2015) 

For more information, please contact Ms. Nancy Pinn (


Law Teaching Colloquium - Guillermo Garcia Sanchez - Full Year

The Law Teaching Colloquium is a year-long series of presentations sponsored by the Graduate Program and the J.D. Program, and organized by the S.J.D. community. Sessions promote discussion amongst students and professors from HLS, Harvard University and beyond, about the nature, structure and aims of legal education. Topics range from methods of teaching and the hiring process to the internationalization of law schools and visions of legal education. The Colloquium is open to all members of the Harvard community.

Last modified: July 29, 2015

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