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Finding a Paper Topic

This guide was created for use by LLM and JD students interested in writing a paper and who are looking for information on how to get started on such a project.

Tips on Finding a Faculty Advisor

If you are an LLM who will be writing the long paper, you will need to find a faculty advisor.  To see what Harvard Law Faculty have written about in the past, and to learn about their areas of interest, there are a couple of options available to you.  In the Faculty Directory, there is profile for each faculty member and on each profile there are tabs to see their current publications and the courses they teach.  

Another approach is to survey the quarterly publication Scholarship@Law:  New Scholarly Works by the Harvard Law School Faculty.   Not only are new works listed by faculty member but forthcoming works are also included.   Archived issues are available and there is a RSS feed to keep current.  

Another way to survey a small group of Faculty is by the Programs of Study.   Using these seven groupings (Law & Government, Law & Business, International & Comparative Law, Law Science & Technology, Law & Social Change, Criminal Justice and finally Law & History), you can see lists of faculty who advise in these broad areas.   

A search in HOLLIS of recent HLS LLM papers on your topic is another approach.   From the list generated by your search you will see what previous LLMs have written on, an important step in your preemption check,  and each record will list the faculty supervisor.    In HOLLIS, search keyword Harvard Law School Thesis and add your topic.    If you need some assistance with this search, please drop by the Reference Desk.   


Browsing recent course catalogs at HLS, will also give you an idea of courses that have recently been offered and the faculty who taught them.  The most recent three catalogs are available.