Hassaan Shahawy

Summer Associate


  • A.B., Harvard College
    summa cum laude
  • M.A., University of Oxford
    with distinction
  • Ph.D, University of Oxford

Fellowships, Leadership & Recognition

  • President, Harvard Law Review 
  • Lead Article Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Rhodes Scholar, University of Oxford

Hassaan Shahawy is a summer associate at Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and a second-year student at Harvard Law School. 

Hassaan is the president of the Harvard Law Review and is the publication’s first Muslim president in its 134-year history. He previously served as a co-president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association, a lead article editor with the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and a volunteer with the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and is a research assistant to Professors Noah Feldman, Lawrence Lessig, and William Rubenstein. Working full-time for Professor Rubenstein in the summer after his first year, Hassaan assisted with various complex class action cases involving consumer protection, technology privacy, and invasive prison strip-searches, and alongside that surveyed hundreds of class action cases to update the legal treatise Newberg on Class Actions. In his second year, Hassaan worked with the MacArthur Justice Center's Supreme Court and Appellate Program through Harvard's Advanced Criminal Justice Appellate Clinic, where he worked on cases involving qualified immunity, police use-of-force, and mandatory minimum sentencing before the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Prior to law school, Hassaan provided legal assistance to disabled individuals seeking social security benefits and to refugees seeking asylum. Hassaan received his M.A. with distinction and his Ph.D. in Islamic Law from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and his A.B. summa cum laude in History and Near Eastern Studies from Harvard College. He has also pursued traditional study of Islamic law in various countries around the world. He speaks Arabic and Spanish.