The law school at Harvard is continually ranked as the first or second best law school in the world among major academic ranking organizations. The school is the oldest continually operating law school in the country and also has the largest academic law library of any law school in the world.
The law school has graduated several luminaries in politics, law, and business. When many people think of Harvard, they think of the law school. Graduates include Presidents Barack Obama and Rutherford B. Hayes. Other world leaders include Chinese President Ma Ying-Jeou, former Ireland President Mary Robinson, and six of the nine federal Supreme Court justices currently residing on the bench.
The school offers three-degree paths including:
- Juris Doctor (J.D.) – The J.D. program is a three year long curriculum that provides a solid foundation in legal studies and culminates with the opportunity for students to study one particular area of law that interests them.
- Master of Laws (L.L.M.) – The LLM is a one year program that is for students who already have substantial legal training and experience. Most of the students are practicing lawyers, diplomats, judges, community leaders, and politicians on an international level.
- Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) – The SJD program is designed for students who want a career in legal education. Graduates of this program take faculty and leadership positions at the finest law institutions in the world.
- Joint Degree programs – Harvard Law School works with other schools to offer a wide variety of dual degree programs such as JD/MBA, JD/MPH, JD/MUP, and JD/PhD.
Harvard Law alumni have impacted the spheres of politics, business and sport. Notable figures include President Barack Obama (And First Lady Michelle), Ralph Nader, Grammy Award winning producer, Clive Davis and legendary Boxing Promoter Bob Arum.