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October 7, 2006

What, no sentencing?

This New York Times article discusses my alma mater's recent revamping of its curriculum; Harvard Law School students will now have to take "a course in legislation and regulation; one of three new courses dealing with international law; and a course on legal problem solving."  Kudos to HLS for its (long overdue) update to its curriculum, especially given "the place the institution has in the history of legal education."

I have argued here that sentencing is the most "under-taught" class in law schools, and I am not at all surprised that sentencing has not jumped into HLS's mandatory curriculum.  But, more problematically, sentencing has not often been an elective course at HLS.  That is a real shame (and perhaps a reason many elite junior lawyers are not adequately familiar with some of the most pressing modern criminal law issues).

UPDATE:  A commentor here reminds me that sentencing is to be taught at HLS by a terrific Climenko Fellow this spring.  Hooray!

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HLS is offering a sentencing law and policy seminar in the spring of this year (using your textbook). Good news for me--I'm a 3L writing my third-year paper on sentencing.

Posted by: mel | Oct 7, 2006 9:07:02 PM

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