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History of Harvard Law School & Harvard University: Selected Resources

A selective list of primary and secondary sources related to the history of Harvard Law School and Harvard University.

Harvard Law Record - student newspaper

The Harvard Law School Record is the oldest law school-affiliated newspaper in the United States. It has gone through a number of small names changes; from September 2002-2008 the name on the masthead was "The Record." It includes Law School, national, and international news; scholarly articles; op-eds written by Harvard Law School students, professors, and guest contributors. Over the years, it has also published several special editions, including an annual April Fool's Day issue, orientation issue, and career guides. From fall 2011 through 2014 the Harvard Law Record ceased print publication and was exclusively online. In September 2015 print publication resumed with a new volume numbering system.

Search digitized issues of the HLS student paper (July 1946-November 2001)

  • Search the full text of the Harvard Law Record by using the full text search box, which is in the upper-right corner of the ListView page.
  • Users can also select individual issues from the ListView page to view in the Harvard Library Viewer. Once in the Viewer, users can search the full text within the opened issue.

More recent issues (2002-present) can be found by searching Generally speaking, online content for the The Record is not organized by issue. As of spring 2020, the following issues can be viewed in their entirety in the "PRINT" section of the Harvard Law Record website.

  • 2015-2016, issues 4-11
  • 2016-2017, issues 1-4
  • 2019-2020, orientation issue and issue 2

Harvard Law Bulletin - alumni/ae magazine

The Bulletin has been published since April 1948 and is currently published two times per year. In previous years it was issued quarterly and in some cases six times per year. The magazine features articles on HLS alumni, campus events, and fundraising; it also includes class notes and obituaries. Beginning in the fall of 1997, the Bulletin was made available both in print and online.

Access to digitized issues prior to 1997 is available to Harvard affiliates only.

Harvard Law Today - alumni/ae newsletter

Harvard Law Today is an alumni newsletter published bimonthly by the Harvard Law School Office of Communications since September 2001.

Harvard Law Today (2001-) - HOLLIS catalog record

Harvard Law Today (Online 2001-)


Before the Law School had its own course catalog, the Law School curriculum was included in the University catalog. For those years when we do not have Law School catalogs, try consulting the University catalog; the information in many of the Law School’s early catalogs was identical to the University catalog.

Harvard Law School Handbook of Academic Programs & Policies