This semester, Harvard Law School launched the Law and History program of study. The new program of study joins six others, including Law and Social Change, Law and Business, and Law, Science and Technology. These programs guide students in navigating HLS’ extensive course offerings and connect them with faculty whose interests they share. The Law and History program of study is headed by two faculty leaders: Professor Tomiko Brown-Nagin, who is also a professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor Kenneth Mack.

In this Q&A, Brown-Nagin discusses the origins and goals of the new program of study as well as her own scholarship.

What does the Law and History program of study aim to do?

The goal of the program is to make students aware that there are a number of world class legal historians on the faculty at Harvard Law School who have a lot to offer to students who are interested in history casually, but also to students who might be considering a career in academia. We’re also building community. As of next year, we will be including students in the legal history colloquium, which will be a class where students can meet professors who are coming to present their work. I think there’s a fabulous opportunity for students to network with people who are successful in their profession.

Read the rest of the interview on the Harvard Law School website.

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