About


The Harvard Law School Chapter of the 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:

  1. The state exists to preserve freedom.
  2. The separation of powers is central to our Constitution.
  3. 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.  Our chapter exists solely to promote the exchange of ideas, and does 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.

To learn more about what the Harvard Federalist Society has been up to, please read our Summer Newsletter.