JET-Powered Learning

Through a sweeping array of new, hands-on courses, Harvard Law School’s January Experiential Term, or JET, gives 1L students a chance, early in their time on campus, to learn by doing, to work in teams, and to explore—or discover—what inspires their passion in the law.

‘Inexcusable Wrongs’

In many areas of law, excuses can defeat liability. Criminal law recognizes duress or provocation as excuses to reduce a criminal defendant’s punishment. In Contracts, “mistake,” “commercial impracticability” or “frustration of purpose” arguably excuse breaches. Yet even though tort law is, like these other areas of law, focused on wrongs and responsibility it doesn’t allow […]