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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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HLS Black Alumni Survey

Launched in conjunction with the first Celebration of Black Alumni (CBA) event in 2000, the HLS Black Alumni survey documents the achievements and experiences of the school’s black alumni. The survey asked questions about career trajectories and mobility, employment status, job satisfaction, the impact of race and other demographic characteristics on career paths, and other important professional and individual issues. Over 550 individuals completed the survey and the Center produced a first-of-its-kind kind Report on the State of Black Alumni.

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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. For more information on the resident fellow program, please contact Assistant Research Director, Bryon Fong.

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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

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio’s Steps for Hiring More Women featured in AML

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The uptick in women graduating from law school was supposed to eventually correct the gender gap at all levels of law firms, from new hires to partners. But that hasn’t happened. One big reason is that hiring procedures are typically not advantageous for women. In fact, by their very design, they impede the process of attracting, recruiting and promoting more women.

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Prof. Coates named to SEC Investor Advisory Committee

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that HLS Professor John Coates was appointed a member of its Investor Advisory Committee. Coates, research director of HLS’s Center on the Legal Profession, is one of three new members to join the committee.

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New CLP/Executive Education Space Recognized for LEED Certification

Thursday, June 9, 2016

HLS’s 2016 renovation of Pound Hall’s second floor received a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, marking the 7th certification for HLS. “The renovation to this space has drastically improved not only the aesthetics but also the efficiency and comfort of the second floor,” says CLP’s Program Coordinator Nathan Cleveland.

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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.