Harvard gets gift to start law program

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard Law School says it’s launching a new program to study Jewish and Israeli law.

The school is establishing the program with a donation from Mitchell R. Julis, a Los Angeles investment executive and 1981 graduate of the law school. Harvard didn’t provide the amount of the donation.

A statement from Harvard says the program will explore the structure and effects of Jewish and Israeli law. It will bring visiting scholars, provide classes for students who have advanced knowledge of Jewish legal texts, and organize lectures for the Boston community.

The school’s dean said Jewish law has made a profound contribution to the legal practice and is still relevant today.

In September, a Saudi businessman donated $10 million to Yale University’s law school to create an Islamic law center.

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