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Legal Areas of Interest

The following non-exhaustive list of courses is conveniently grouped by interest areas. If you wish to concentrate in a specific practice area and learn more about particular legal specialities, you can use this list as a guide for selecting coursework. You may find course descriptions on our Course Descriptions page. 

Administrative/Regulatory Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Arbitration: Labor and Employment
  • Election Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Government Lawyer
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Health Care Law
  • Health Law Clinic
  • Hospital Law
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Land Use Law Clinic
  • Legislation
  • Local Government Law
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Moot Court
  • Environmental Moot Court
  • Jessup Moot Court
  • Personal Income Taxation
  • Products Liability
  • Securities Regulation
  • Workers’ Compensation

The law school’s Administrative Law Clinic is among our components focused on this area of law. [Back to top.]

Business/Corporate Law

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Antitrust
  • Bankruptcy Drafting
  • Business Bankruptcy
  • Business Immigration Law
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Planning
  • Business Transactions for Lawyers
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Consumer Bankruptcy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Disability Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Financial Sector Compliance
  • Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions
  • Labor Law
  • Personal Income Taxation
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • U.C.C.: Negotiable Instruments
  • U.C.C.: Sales
  • U.C.C.: Secured Transactions
  • Workers’ Compensation

Visit our Business Law Pathway to learn about pursuing careers such as in-house or as outside counsel; policy-related work, including legislation; and government agency work that oversees or regulates aspects of business law.  [Back to top.]

Criminal Law

  • Clinical Evidence
  • Criminal Advocacy
  • Criminal Defense Ethics
  • Criminal Procedure II
  • Criminal Procedure II Clinic
  • Domestic Violence
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Prosecution: Nuremberg to the Present
  • Juvenile Law
  • Mock Trial
  • National Moot Court
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Prosecutorial Ethics
  • Race and the Law
  • Sentencing Law, Policy, and Practice
  • State Constitutional Law
  • The Wire: Crime and Policing in Urban Communities
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation

Our Criminal Law program fuses theory, doctrine, and practical skills training to prepare students for careers as state or federal prosecutors, public defenders, private defense attorneys, business counselors, and judges, among others. Visit our Criminal Law Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Environmental/Land Use Law/Real Estate Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Admiralty
  • Advanced Environmental Law: Environmental Politics
  • American Indian Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Global Warming Law and Policy
  • Government Lawyer
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Insurance Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Land Use Law Clinic
  • Local Government Law
  • Modern Real Estate Transactions
  • Modern Remedies
  • National Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • Negotiation
  • Protecting the Environment/Air and Toxins

Environmental Law includes pollution control and cleanup, land use and urban planning, public health, conservation, and more. Environmental lawyers operate on all levels of government from local to international. Visit our Environmental Law Pathway to learn more. Real Estate Law includes transactions, agency practice, and litigation. Law Use Law skills are useful for careers in government and in the representation of developers, landowners, and abutters. Visit our Real Estate Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Family/Juvenile Law

  • Accessing Education: A Comparative Law and Human Rights Approach
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Beginning of Life and Related Bioethical Issues
  • Children and the Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Custody Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Health Law
  • Health Law Clinic
  • Hospital Law
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Lawyering Process
  • Mediation
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Personal Income Taxation
  • Sexual Violence
  • Special Education Law
  • Wills, Estates, and Trusts
  • Women and the Law

The most common Family Law work is divorce work; others represent children in custody matters or specialize in structuring family affairs for nontraditional families, in adoption or reproductive law, or in paternity and child support issues.  Visit our Family Law Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Health Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Antitrust
  • Beginning of Life and Related Bioethical Issues
  • Children and the Law
  • Ethical Questions in Health Care Law
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Health Law
  • Health Law Clinic
  • Hospital Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Products Liability
  • Workers’ Compensation

The law school’s Center for Public Health and Tobacco Policy and Health Law Clinic are among our components focused on Health Law.  [Back to top.]

Intellectual Property/High Technology Law

  • Antitrust
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Planning
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Copyright Law
  • Current Issues in Patent Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • European Union Law
  • Intellectual Property Survey
  • International Business Transactions
  • Internet Law
  • Negotiation
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Litigation
  • Sports Law
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition

IP law consists of four primary areas of expertise: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Sports, Computer, and Entertainment law also are closely intertwined. Visit our Intellectual Property Law Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

International Law

  • Accessing Education: A Comparative Law and Human Rights Approach
  • Admiralty Law
  • Business Immigration Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corruption in International Transactions
  • European Union Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Externships
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International War Crimes Prosecution Project
  • International Women’s Issues
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Public International Law
  • Terrorism

International lawyers engage in a wide array of activities, from advocacy, litigation, and transactional work, to diplomacy, treaty-drafting, and policy-making. Typical employers include governments, law firms, intergovernmental organizations, and nongovernmental organizations. Visit our Public International Law Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Labor/Employment Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration: Union and Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • Disability Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law
  • Local Government Law
  • Modern Remedies
  • Workers’ Compensation

Our Employment Law and Labor Law courses deal with the employer/employee relationship when the employee is not represented by a labor union, and with regulation by the National Labor Relations Board and the federal courts, respectively. Visit our Business Law and Education Law pathways for related information.  [Back to top.]

Litigation

  • Clinical Evidence
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Electronic Discovery and Evidence
  • Evidence and Advocacy
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Courts Clinic
  • Government Lawyer
  • Honors Judicial Internship Program
  • Law Practice Management
  • Lawyering Process
  • Legal Research, Advanced
  • Massachusetts Evidence
  • Massachusetts Practice Clinic
  • Modern Remedies
  • Public Interest Law
  • Seminar and Clinic
  • State Constitutional Law
  • State Practice Courses
  • The Federal Judge
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation

Civil litigation involves representing parties in disputes in state and federal court, in administrative tribunals and, increasingly, in arbitration and mediation. The field of “civil litigation” includes many different areas of the law and many different practice contexts; visit our Civil Litigation Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Public Interest Law

  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • American Indian Law
  • Children and the Law
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Courts
  • Consumer Protection
  • Contemporary Popular Criticism of American Lawyers and the Legal System
  • Criminal Advocacy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education and the Law
  • Election Law
  • Employment Law
  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Family Law
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Courts Clinic
  • Free Speech and Religion
  • Global Warming Law and Policy
  • Government Lawyer
  • Health Care Law
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Women’s Issues
  • Juvenile Law
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Lawyering Process
  • Lawyering Process, Advanced
  • Legislation
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Prisoners’ Rights
  • Public Interest Law Seminar and Clinic
  • Race and the Law
  • Sexual Violence
  • Special Education Law
  • State Constitutional Law
  • Women and the Law

Public Interest Law includes many different areas of practice. Examples include Criminal Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, Immigration Law, and Public International Law. Common Public Interest lawyering skills include litigation, negotiation, and client counseling, but particular fields may involve other skills as well.  [Back to top.]

Tax Law

  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Administrative Law
  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Planning
  • Business Transactions
  • for Lawyers
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Corporate Finance
  • Estate Planning
  • Law and the Elderly
  • Legislation
  • Modern Real Estate
  • Transactions
  • National Tax Moot Court
  • Competition
  • Personal Income Taxation
  • Taxation of Business Entities
  • Taxation of Estates, Gifts, and Trusts
  • Tax Clinic
  • Tax Practice and Procedure
  • Tax Reform

Tax law practice can encompass both tax planning and tax litigation. The tax lawyer’s clients can include individuals, corporations, partnerships, estates, trusts, and other entities and businesses of all sizes. Visit our Tax Law Pathway to learn more.  [Back to top.]

Lawyering Skills Courses (skills courses relate to all interest areas)

  • Administrative Law Clinic
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Planning
  • Clinical Evidence
  • Contract Drafting
  • Criminal Advocacy
  • Criminal Defense Ethics
  • Criminal Procedure II Clinic
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Estate Planning
  • Evidence and Advocacy
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Federal Courts Clinic
  • Government Lawyer
  • Health Law Clinic
  • Honors Judicial Internship
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • Land Use Law Clinic
  • Law Practice Management
  • Lawyering Process
  • Legal Research, Advanced
  • Massachusetts Practice Clinic
  • Mediation
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Mental Health Law Clinic
  • Negotiation
  • Patent Litigation
  • Public Interest Law
  • Seminar and Clinic
  • Study of Lawyers’ Ethics Through Film and Television
  • Tax Clinic
  • The Federal Judge
  • Trial Practice
  • Trial Preparation

National Lawyering Skills Competitions

  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

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