Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 24, 2021

Harvard Makes Online Zero-L Course For Incoming 1Ls Free For All U.S. Law Schools For Second Year In A Row

Harvard Zero-L (2021)

Harvard Law Today, For a Second Year, Harvard Law to Offer Pre-term ‘Zero-L’ Course to Other Law Schools For Free:

Harvard Law School today announced plans to make its online, pre-term course for incoming law students, Zero-L, available to other U.S. law schools for free again for a second year as law schools emerge from the pandemic. Beginning in the summer of 2022, HLS will return to its pre-pandemic plan to offer Zero-L as an educational tool that other law schools can purchase for a reasonable fee to share with their students.

A self-paced course with optional comprehension checks, Zero-L is taught by leading Harvard faculty members, and covers fundamental elements of the law — including an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, the court system, and concepts like federalism — as well as some critical elements of law school orientation. Students can complete it in 12-14 hours, though many choose to return to the materials repeatedly over the course of their first year in law school. (The name Zero-L is a play on the traditional terms for first-, second-, and third-year law students — 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls). ...

HLS never imagined that roughly 20,000 incoming students at nearly 120 law schools across the country, and a few from abroad, would take advantage of the opportunity to access Zero-L for free last summer.

Zero-L Modules:

  • Intro to Zero-L
  • 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
  • Test Drive: Applying Learning

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