Harvard Crimson, Harvard Law School Makes Online Zero-L Course Free for All U.S. Law Schools Due to Coronavirus:
Harvard Law School announced Wednesday it will offer its online, pre-term “Zero-L” course for free for all United States law schools this summer in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the success of incoming law students.
The Law School and the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning created the Zero-L program in 2018 to ensure students from all backgrounds could enter the school with foundational knowledge about the legal field. The name Zero-L refers to the names of 1L, 2L, and 3L for first, second, and third-year law students.
The program is taught by Law School professors and features self-paced modules that students can refer back to throughout their entire first year. It covers topics such as how to read a case and the stages of civil litigation. ...
In 2019, four other law schools — Seton Hall University, Northeastern University, Boston College, and the University of Baltimore — adopted the program.
The Law School had planned to make the Zero-L program available to other schools for a fee, but decided to waive that fee in light of the pandemic. All law schools in the United States who wish to participate can offer the course to their incoming students starting July 1. ... [T]he Law School has not eliminated the possibility of reinstating the fee in future years.
Harvard Law Today, Harvard Makes Online Course For Incoming Students Available to All Law Schools For Free This Summer:
A self-paced course with optional comprehension checks, content is universal and flexible. Law schools can identify modules that are most useful for their students and instruct them to focus on those particular areas. ...
“We designed Zero-L as a course that all law schools can benefit from by ensuring the content doesn’t focus on any institution-specific pedagogy,” said Jessica Soban ’07, associate dean for strategic initiatives.
For institutions facing the prospect of online orientation due to COVID-19, Zero-L also covers some critical elements of law school orientation, such as an introduction to the first year of law school, in an on-demand format that may complement a virtual orientation.
The self-paced course will now be accessible to participating law schools to offer to their incoming law students starting July 1, 2020, and is designed to be completed in 12 – 14 hours. ... In the coming months, the HLS team will work with participating institutions to enroll them in Zero-L and ensure students gain access when the course launches on July 1.
- Intro to Law and the Court Systems
- How to Read a Case and Understand Precedent
- Working With Statutes
- A Preview of 1L Courses
- Intro to the Legal Profession
- Legal Theory and Scholarship
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