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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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Harvard Law School Career Study

The Harvard Law School Career Study (HLSCS) is nearing its completion with an anticipated report launch sometime in the Spring of 2015. The Center anticipates having a number of launch of events to showcase the report and its findings, both here in Cambridge as well as New York City.



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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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Professor James Greiner in the Boston Globe

Saturday, March 28, 2015

At municipal court, which is under separate jurisdiction than district courts, attorneys with the Volunteer Lawyers Project and Harvard Law professor James Greiner have found evidence that some civil claims appear to have been sent to defendants’ old addresses…Greiner, who has a PhD in statistics, said that when researchers looked at the first 87 cases, they found 28 where the address used by the plaintiff did not match the defendant’s address contained in the commercial database. In 14 of those cases, the plaintiff had filed with the court an address that appeared to be the defendant’s prior address.

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CLP Research Director John C. Coates quoted in NYT

Monday, March 23, 2015

Liberals used to love the First Amendment. But that was in an era when courts used it mostly to protect powerless people like civil rights activists and war protesters.These days, a provocative new study says, there has been a “corporate takeover of the First Amendment.” The assertion is backed by data, and it comes from an unlikely source: John C. Coates IV, who teaches business law at Harvard and used to be a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, the prominent corporate law firm. Click here to see other coverage of this topic on Press TV.

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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.