The Harvard Federalist Society is a group of conservative, libertarian, and moderate law students.
The Society’s chief goal is to foster balanced and open debate about the fundamental principles of individual freedom, limited government, and judicial restraint. Membership is open to all. Our members hold diverse and often conflicting views on a broad range of issues.
The Society stands for three main principles:
- The state exists to preserve freedom.
- The separation of powers is central to our Constitution.
- It is the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.
We work to promote awareness of these principles at Harvard Law School and beyond. Each term, we organize a wide range of activities, including speeches and debates by noted legal scholars and political figures, student symposia and colloquia, and social events.
We exist solely to promote the exchange of ideas, and do not promote particular policies, appointments, or politicians. We do not adopt political stances or advocate for political outcomes. We do not lobby for legislation. We do not sponsor, nor do we endorse, nominees or candidates.
Welcome to the 1Ls! All 1Ls interested in joining the HLS Federalist Society are invited to join us for a BBQ on Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. at Holmes Field (in front of Langdell). This event is a great way to learn more about the organization, so bring your friends. We hope to see you there!
On July 8, members spending their summers in DC had the opportunity to have lunch with The Honorable Thomas Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in his chambers.
Members of Section 6 with Professor Charles Fried at the Federalist Society’s Annual Banquet.
2013 National Lawyers Convention