Degree Program and Admissions

The Islamic Legal Studies Program is a program devoted to research into and study of Islamic law at Harvard Law School. It is not a degree-granting institution and it does not admit students. Courses on Islamic law at the Law School are part of the large elective curriculum offered by the Law School and along with courses on American constitutional law, administrative law, animal rights law, immigration law—to mention only a few of the more than 200 offered—lead towards the three degrees it offers: the J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. The latter two are advanced degrees in law, comprising one and three years respectively. None of the degrees leads specifically to a degree in Islamic law or the laws of the Muslim world but to general law degrees, or to one of the concentrations offered in the Master's year.

All students and affiliates of Harvard University are very welcome to take part in ILSP's activities. To be a student at Harvard University, one must apply to the school from where one wants to earn a degree. For law, that would be Harvard Law School. For information about admissions to the Law School, please contact the Admissions Office. To be an affiliate at Harvard University, one can apply to one of the many research programs and centers that accept visiting fellows. The Islamic Legal Studies Program, which hosts a Visiting Fellows Program, is one of these many research programs.