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HLS Bicentennial

As we prepare to kick off a year of special events to celebrate the extraordinary milestone of our Bicentennial, we invite you to delve deeply into this website, a remarkable resource.

For two centuries, the many thousands of people who have been part of Harvard Law School have possessed three attributes in common. They have been moved to question, prepared to reason, and called to act. Their stories are part of the much larger story of the advancement of law and justice over 200 years – in civil rights, human rights, economic regulation, social well-being, and the refinement of the ‘wise restraints that make us free.’

Over the course of the year, special programs and events will focus on our history, our future, and the vital importance of law and the legal profession in addressing the complex challenges facing our world. Three landmark events — a September arts festival, “HLS in the Arts”; an October summit for exploring big ideas, “HLS in the World”; and an April event showcasing some of our contributions to local and global communities, “HLS in the Community” — offer wonderful opportunities to highlight 200 years of leadership, talent in its many forms, and service, and to imagine our next century. Stay tuned as we continue to add exciting programs to the schedule!

In the meantime, please revel in this interactive, online celebration, where you will find:

  • Timelines of the past 200 years of HLS: key historical moments, the history of our curriculum, and the evolution of our campus
  • Photo and video collages of HLS Moments
  • … and even a trivia game to test your knowledge of HLS history

Have fun!

If you have questions about the bicentennial or would like to contribute content, please contact hls200@law.harvard.edu.