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2015-2016 Academic School Year Begins

2015-2016 Academic School Year Begins

Sep 2

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

With the 2014-2015 academic year behind us and another class of graduates moving on to pursue their legal careers, the Center on Legal Profession is turning its attention to wrapping up it's fiscal year and preparing for another busy and exciting year of activities and events.

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Harvard Law School Career Study

This Preliminary Report on The Women and Men of Harvard Law School presents the results of the Harvard Law School Career Study (HLSCS), conducted by the school’s Center on the Legal Profession (CLP). The study seeks to deepen the understanding of the career choices made by HLS graduates by providing for the first time systematic empirical information about the careers trajectories of graduates from different points in the school’s history. In this Preliminary Report, we offer a first look at the Study’s findings about the salient similarities and differences between the careers of the school’s female and male graduates.

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Resident Fellow Opportunities

The Center on the Legal Profession accepts applications on a rolling basis for residential research fellow positions. The Center's resident fellows are a central component of our mission and these typically two-year appointments are designed to support scholars at all stages of their careers, from graduate students to post-docs seeking tenure track positions to established academics. We encourage applicants from all disciplines using a range of methodologies in their scholarship. To formally apply, please visit the Harvard Employment website at http://hr.harvard.edu/jobs/ and use the Auto req ID#: 30887BR.

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Disruptive Innovation

CLP is actively engaged in determining how changes in regulatory structures, technology, and market forces are disrupting the traditional model of the delivery of professional services. The core of this evolving research flows from CLP’s March 2014 conference on Disruptive Innovation in the Market for Legal Services.



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Case Studies

Primarily supported by a generous gift by Dechert LLP, the Case Development Initiative (CDI) uses interviews, data, and research to develop written and video summaries of strategic and organizational issues that law and other professional service firms face. HLS cases are intended for use in a variety of settings including law schools, business schools, executive education (often in HLS's own Executive Education programs) and in-house programs.

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NEWS

Clifford Chance’s Matthew Layton Appointed to HLS CLP Advisory Board

Monday, June 22, 2015

Clifford Chance Managing Partner Matthew Layton has been appointed to the advisory board of The Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) at Harvard Law School, which seeks to advance the modern practice of law by increasing understanding of the structures, norms and dynamics of the global legal profession.

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Wilkins and Minow among only six academics named as one of the Lawdragons 500 Leading Lawyers

Thursday, June 4, 2015

CLP Faculty Director, David B. Wilkins, and HLS Dean, Martha Minow, were among only 6 academics (along with Erwin Chemerinsky, Jeffrey Fisher Stanford, Maureen O’Rourke BU, and Jonathan Turley GW) to make the list as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers for 2014-2015 in the 10th Anniversary commemorative edition of Lawdragon.

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Heidi Gardner Collaboration article featured on Bloomberg, Part 2 of 3

Monday, June 1, 2015

True rainmakers don’t need to be convinced to collaborate: referring work to colleagues and developing a loyal team capable of extraordinary client service is the only way they can build an enormous portfolio. But for many of today’s law firm partners, the link between collaboration and professional success is ambiguous. Is collaboration the source of success, or is it a mere byproduct of rainmakers’ triumphs?  When faced with definite rewards for boosting their own billables, does it make sense to hand off work to others?  Why should they risk precious control over a client by getting more partners involved?

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Professionalism in the 21st Century

Professionalism in the 21st Century

A joint collaboration between leading thinkers from multiple sides of the legal profession: Professor David B. Wilkins (Harvard Law School), Mr. Ben W. Heineman, Jr. (CLP Distinguished Senior Fellow and former General Counsel of General Electric) and Mr. William Lee (Partner, WilmerHale). The essay lays out their vision of lawyers as professionals and citizens in the 21st century.

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CLP Research Paper Series

CLP Research Paper Series

The Center on the Legal Profession has launched a Social Science Research Network (SSRN) Research Paper Series to deepen knowledge about the evolution and dynamics of the global legal profession. With the help of academics from around the world, we hope to build the Research Paper Series into the central depository for high-quality, innovative work on the global legal profession. To subscribe click click here.

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HLS Executive Education

HLS Executive Education

Harvard Law School’s Executive Education strives to develop lawyers from a range of institutions into influential and effective leaders and make a positive difference in the global legal profession. HLS Executive Education offers a number of open-enrollment and custom programs available for legal professionals at various points in their careers, both within firms and in-house.

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Student Research Opportunities

Student Research Opportunities

The Center on the Legal Profession has a number of funding opportunities to provide students with supplemental financial support for either empirical research on the global legal profession or research that involves examining an aspect of public interest in the context of the evolving profession. Student empirical research grants (SERG) and student public interest research grants (PIRG) are available on a rolling basis.

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The Practice™

Bridging academic research and practical advice, The Practice offers thoughtful analysis and perspectives on the legal profession for a global audience based on CLP's groundbreaking empirical research.