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Leadership in Professional Service Firms: Power, Politics & Prima Donnas

Leadership in Professional Service Firms: Power, Politics & Prima Donnas

Thursday, February 22, 2018
4:00 - 6:00pm
3 Times Square, Floor 30 New York, NY 10036
Prof. Laura Empson & Prof. David B. Wilkins

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Speaker Series: A Panel Discussion on Law & Finance

Speaker Series: A Panel Discussion on Law & Finance

Monday, February 26, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wasserstein Hall 1010
John Finley, Stacy Selig, Kevin Buehler, Prof. David B. Wilkins

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Book Talk: Make It Rain – How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand

Book Talk: Make It Rain – How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand

Thursday, March 22, 2018
12:00 - 1:00pm
Harvard Law School, Austin Hall North
Areva Martin

Lunch will be Provided!

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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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Report on State of Black Alumni

In 2016, the Center produced an update to and extension of its 2000 Report on the State of Black Alumni: 1869-2000 with the publication of Harvard Law School: Report on the State of Black Alumni II 2000-2016. The report contains both a comprehensive history section on the state of the black legal profession and, in particular, black HLS graduates between 2000 and 2016 (including a comprehensive timeline of developments across those years) as well as a robust data section on the career-paths of black HLS graduates. The Center launched this important work in June 2017 at its 3rd Annual Awards Dinner, held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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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, contact Bryon Fong, at bfong@law.harvard.edu

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Disruptive Innovation

Law has traditionally operated in a world in which “inputs” formed the basis of analysis. For instance, the billable hour—how much time a lawyer puts into a particular matter—has traditionally been the standard metric for measuring the overall worth, and even the quality, of legal work. That is changing. Pushed by increasingly sophisticated general counsels who have long stressed the need for “data analytics,” in-house legal departments are increasingly developing “output” based criteria for measuring the cost and quality of legal services The Project’s aim is to better understand how to measure “quality” in legal services, and to offer a set of recommendations as to the development of quality metrics in law.


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Bliss talks Law Teaching Reform on New Legal Realism Blog

Monday, February 19, 2018

In a recently published blog post, CLP Resident Fellow John Bliss discusses how empirical legal research can address a major finding from the 2007 Carnegie Report on legal education, specifically that U.S. law schools are not giving their students enough training around professional identity and purpose. Bliss uses findings from his PhD research on the subject […]

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Center’s Globalization Project, India Book Featured on Harvard Law Today

Friday, February 9, 2018

On the heels of the Center on the Legal Profession’s recent book launch events in India celebrating the culmination of years of ongoing research into the globalization of the legal profession, Harvard Law Today has published an in-depth feature on the Center, it’s ongoing Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (GLEE) research project, and the first […]

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Wilkins Interviewed by Bar & Bench ahead of India Book Launch

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Prof. David B. Wilkins was recently interview by Bar & Bench about the evolving Indian Legal Profession in advance of the December launch events for the recently published The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society. The interview touches on […]

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Books by Center Researchers

Books by Center Researchers

Check out some of the recent books by CLP faculty, fellows, and affiliates, including the first book in our Globalization, Lawyers, and Emerging Economies (GLEE) series, The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization: The Rise of the Corporate Legal Sector and its Impact on Lawyers and Society, published by Cambridge University Press.

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2017 Annual Awards Dinner

2017 Annual Awards Dinner

Each year the Center brings together leading academics, legal practitioners, and thought leaders to honor and recognize individuals whose achievements have been impactful to the legal profession.  Our 2017 theme was “A Celebration of the History of Black Lawyers” and was held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

View a video montage of the event here.

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Research Paper Series

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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FT Innovative Lawyers Summit

FT Innovative Lawyers Summit

For the second year in a row, the Center was proud to be the Academic Sponsor of the Financial Time’s Innovative Lawyers Summit, held on June 19-20, 2017 in London. Professor David B. Wilkins delivered a keynote at the event, attended by over 150 leading lawyers and business leaders, on “The Future of Work.”

View a video summary of the event here.

The Practice

Bridging academic research and practical advice, The Practice offers thoughtful analysis and perspectives on the legal profession for a global audience.