All Issues

Cover for the May/June 2024 issue of The Practice on campaign lawyering shows a crowd of people forming an arrow headed up.

Campaign Lawyering

The Practice May/June 2024
What does it mean to lawyer on behalf of a campaign?
Cover for The Practice for March/April 2024 shows a winding road going into a ball and getting very jumbled.

Immigration Lawyering

The Practice March/April 2024
Immigration lawyering means engaging in a bureaucratic, opaque system where lives and futures are often on the line. What tools and methods do such lawyers bring to the field?
Cover of The Practice for Rethinking Licensure shows a key in a lock on a door.

Rethinking Licensure

The Practice January/February 2024
How is the legal profession considering the debates around licensure?

The Practice cover for Nov/Dec 2023 on "The Perfect Partner," shows two wooden figurines high fiving.

The Perfect Partner

The Practice November/December 2023
Who determines what qualities make up the perfect law firm partner? What metrics should we use to make the calculation?
The Practice cover for sept/oct 2023 shows a piggy bank full of coins with a graduation cap on it.

Student Debt

The Practice September/October 2023
In the United States, student debt has risen to such an extreme that it is regularly regarded as a "crisis." Law school is also not cheap. What is the effect on lawyers, and more broadly, society?
The Practice on Jul/Aug 2023 on "Researching Effective DEI" shows images of different colors and shapes of blocks fitting together.

Researching Effective DEI

The Practice July/August 2023
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is important in every sector, not just the legal profession. What strategies and tactics have the most impact and actually create system change?
The cover of the May/June 2023 issue of the Practice magazine from the HLS Center on the Legal Profession on "Leading Strategy" shows a hand reaching down to move a chess piece and one chess piece fallen on its side.

Leading Strategy

The Practice May/June 2023
How do law firms think about strategy? Using quantitative and qualitative data, this issue explores the growing world of formalized strategy thinking to understand movement across the industry.
A brain made of circuit boards on the cover of The Practice for March April 2023 on Generative AI in the Legal Profession

Generative AI in the Legal Profession

The Practice March/April 2023
When Open AI released ChatGPT in late 2022, it galvanized the collective imagination—and collective anxiety. Even lawyers wondered how such new AI technologies would change their profession.

ESG and Lawyers

The Practice January/February 2023
Why is ESG falling on the desks of lawyers? In this issue, we explore sustainability at law firms, present data on ESG and in-house departments, and shine a light on critical topics in the space.

Lawyers During Conflict

The Practice July/August 2022
How do lawyers navigate countries during or recovering from conflict and authoritarianism, which often face profound rule-of-law challenges.

Global Disability Cause Lawyering

The Practice May/June 2022
What are the tools and methods disability cause lawyers bring to achieve their strategic aims? How do these tools and methods work in different jurisdictions?

Judicial Decision Making

The Practice March/April 2022
Studying judges and judicial decision making reveals surprising facets about the profession.

Election Lawyers

The Practice January/February 2022
What do election lawyers do? And why is it a burgeoning field across the U.S.?

Legal Informatics

The Practice November/December 2021
Questions of legal innovation form a critical part of a larger story and emerging field: legal informatics. How can an understanding of and training in legal informatics transform the field?

Crisis Lawyering

The Practice September/October 2021
Does traditional legal education and training in law school and through common career paths prepare lawyers well for the rigors of lawyering in crisis situations?
Cover for The Practice: Money and Meaning, shows three stacks of coins with a plant growing out of each stack.

Money and Meaning

The Practice July/August 2021
What factors do lawyers take into account when exploring their employment options? In this issue, we dive into how partners and associates weigh money and meaning at various points in their careers.
Cover for The Practice: Integration in Legal Services, shows paperclips coming tied together and collapsing into a pile.

Integration in Legal Services

The Practice May/June 2021
A vertical view of legal work would recognize legal expertise and experience as central to all legal service, but adopting this view will require innovative processes and technology.
Cover of The Practice: Law Firm Responses to the Big Four shows an overhead shot of a chess board with only a white pawn moved.

Law Firm Responses to the Big Four

The Practice March/April 2021
While the Big Four (or Big Five) have been threatening entry into the legal market since the late ’90s, they have been quietly adding capability. How are major global law firms responding?
The Practice: Perspectives on Legal Services Regulation shows an optometry machine that allows eye doctors to figure out what a person's prescription is.

Perspectives on Legal Regulation

The Practice January/February 2021
Legal regulation is a state-by-state issue. What rules and insurance requirements constrain innovation? How are different bar associations experimenting and opening up access to justice?

Cover for The Practice on Portraiture in the Legal Profession shows a camera studio with lights and a backdrop and an empty chair for a person to sit.

Portraiture in the Legal Profession

The Practice November/December 2020
What draws people to the law? Drawing on Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot's ethnographic method of portraiture, this issue examines race, legacy, and professional identity in the legal profession.
The Practice for Sep/Oct 2020 on "The Year So Far" has the image of a spikey red covid ball on it.

The Year So Far

The Practice September/October 2020
Between the spread of COVID-19 and renewed calls for racial justice, whatever trends and expectations held true at the end of 2019 have inevitably been upended in one way or another.

Remote Courts

The Practice July/August 2020
What happened to courts when the COVID-19 pandemic stormed the world? In this issue, we explore the changed world of justice systems, zeroing in on how technology has changed the legal profession.
Cover for the Practice magazine May/June 2020 about Lawyers on the Board from the Center on the Legal Profession shows a view of looking down a long board table with empty chairs.

Lawyers on the Board

The Practice May/June 2020
Evidence suggests that an increasing number of banks and financial institutions now include lawyer-directors on their boards. Why? And what avenues did such lawyers take into the boardroom?

Approaching Lawyer Well-Being

The Practice March/April 2020
Mental health in the legal profession has long been a problem—and yet ignored. Systemic change is necessary.
Cover of The Practice for Jan/Feb 2020 on Clinical Legal Education shows a stethoscope resting on a book.

Clinical Legal Education

The Practice January/February 2020
Clinics have exploded over the past decade, with law schools recognizing the need for experiential education. But what do clinics give students? And faculty?

The Practice for Nov/Dec 2019 on Smarter Relationships in Legal Services shows a puzzle piece being removed to reveal a yellow background.

Smarter Relationships in Legal Services

The Practice November/December 2019
In the flow of Smarter Law, the progressive lawyer drives better personal performance as an individual and by doing so improves the performance of their legal department or law firm; consequently, tho
The Practice on Sept/Oct 2023 on Litigation Finance, with an image of a stock broker's computer screen with number and stocks ticking by.

Litigation Finance

The Practice September/October 2019
Litigation finance is transforming civil litigation at the case level as well as, incrementally, at the level of the civil justice system as a whole. It is beginning to transform the legal industry.
The Practice on Alternative legal service providers shows a Colorful wood tangram puzzle in square shape on white background

Alternative Legal Service Providers

The Practice July/August 2019
As more and more alternative legal service providers emerge, we examine the state of the market. How are traditional firms reacting? What are clients demanding?
The cover of The Practice for May/June 2019 on in-house ethics shows a series of metal balls balancing on platforms, illustrating the delicate balance of ethical choices.

In-House Ethics

The Practice May/June 2019
The in-house lawyer occupies a complicated role—one that demands a fine ethical sensibility, between influence and compromise, professionalism and misconduct.
The Mar/April 2019 issue of The Practice on The Evolution of Law Libraries shows a computer with racks of books in it.

The Evolution of Law Libraries

The Practice March/April 2019
Law libraries are essential arenas for innovation and research in the legal profession. The Harvard Library Innovation Lab, in particular, is pushing the boundaries of what a library can do.
The Practice on Adaptive Innovation for Jan/Feb 2019 with a picture of a chameleon changing color.

Adaptive Innovation

The Practice January/February 2019
This issue is dedicated to exploring some of the underlying concepts pertaining to innovation generally, and innovation in the legal professional specifically.

The Practice cover for Asian Americans in the Law for Nov/Dec 2018 shows fingerprints in different colors scattered across the page.

Asian Americans in the Law

The Practice November/December 2018
The participation of Asian Americans in the legal profession has reached levels unthinkable just 30 years ago. In this issue, we consider the progress that has been made and where we still have to go.
The Practice from Sept/Oct 2018 on The Brazilian Legal Profession shows a picture of Brazil from space.

The Brazilian Legal Profession

The Practice September/October 2018
In the 1990s, major transformations shifted Brazil's political economy, leading to new laws governing corporate activity, and creating demand for new kinds of legal services.
The Practice for July/August 2018 on Emerging Models of Legal Professionals shows two wooden figurines interacting.

Emerging Models of Legal Professionals

The Practice July/August 2018
As a profession, attorneys have yet to achieve a comprehensive, sustainable answer to close the access-to-justice gap. Are new paraprofessionals the answer?
The Practice on "Finding the Lawyer Identity" for May/June 2018 shows a mirror on the cover.

Finding the Lawyer Identity

The Practice May/June 2018
How do students decide what to do after law school? In this issue, we explore the tension between public and private law and how students navigate careers between them.
The Practice for March/April 2018 on the topic of "Character and Fitness" shows a compass open.

Character and Fitness

The Practice March/April 2018
In this issue, we explore the origins, conceptual applications, and tensions surrounding the legal profession’s “character and fitness” qualification—a prerequisite to practice in the U.S.
The Practice for Jan/Feb 2018 on The Indian Legal Profession shows an aerial view of India from space.

The Indian Legal Profession

The Practice January/February 2018
A shift from a closed economy to an open economy in the 1990s significantly altered the legal profession in India, calling for new types of corporate lawyers.

Executive Education for Lawyers cover of The Practice for Nov/Dec 2017 shows the outline of a head with a multi-colored lightbulb inside.

Executive Education for Lawyers

The Practice November/December 2017
While the traditional U.S. model of legal education prepares students to “think like a lawyer,” it frequently falls short in helping them understand how to apply their legal reasoning.

The Access to Justice Lab

The Practice September/October 2017
Transforming U.S. law into an evidence-based profession by implementing and publishing rigorous, empirical studies to create credible evidence about what works and what doesn't.
Cover of The Practice for Jul/Aug 2017 on "Where Are Black Lawyers Today?" shows a crowd of humans arranged in a head.

Where Are Black Lawyers Today?

The Practice July/August 2017
This issue explores the CLP report, "Harvard Law School: Report on the State of Black Alumni II, 2000–2016," a major survey of black HLS graduates.
The Practice for May/June 2017 on Strategy in the Law from the Center on the Legal Profession, shows a black pawn shattering a white chess piece on a chessboard.

Strategy in the Law

The Practice May/June 2017
After several years of weak demand following the Great Recession, it’s a good time for a fresh look at the strategic options available to big law.
Cover for The Practice on Why Law Firms Collapse shows a building crumbling brick by brick.

Why Law Firms Collapse

The Practice March/April 2017
Unlike businesses, law firms don’t just go bankrupt—they collapse. How does that occur? And who does it impact?
The cover of The Practice on "Diversity Nudges" shows a figure trying to push a snail.

Diversity Nudges

The Practice January/February 2017
Gentle pushes—or “nudges”—and a consistent organizational process with well-defined decision points may allow firms to achieve diversity goals that has, to date, eluded them.

Cover for The Practice Nov/Dec 2016 on Marketing and Business Development in the Law shows a tree with all the various factors that marketers need to take into account, such as email, phone, computers, people.

Marketing and Business Development in Law

The Practice November/December 2016
Law firms are brands, like any company. How are they wrestling with marketing and business development in an increasingly competitive legal marketplace?
The Practice Sep/Oct 2016 on The Chinese Legal Profession shows a red balloon with the Chinese flag emblazoned on it.

The Chinese Legal Profession

The Practice September/October 2016
Big Law is rising in China. Despite the short history of its legal profession, China is now home to some of the largest firms in the global legal services market.
The Practice for July/August 2016 on The Compliance Movement shows a checklist with a pencil next to it.

The Compliance Movement

The Practice July/August 2016
Compliance is an increasingly important field. Should chief compliance officers take the reins?
The Practice for May/June 2016 on The Changing Role of the Global General Counsel, with a cover that shows the world made up of lots of illustrated cartoon humans.

The Changing Role of the Global General Counsel

The Practice May/June 2016
The power and prestige of in-house lawyers in the United States is only continuing to grow. What does this mean for the legal profession?
The Practice for Mar/Apr 2016 on The Professional Identity of Lawyers shows a person's head cut into different colored puzzle pieces.

The Professional Identity of Lawyers

The Practice March/April 2016
The Professional Identity of Lawyers
The Practice for Jan/Feb 2016 on the "Reemergence of the Big Four in Law" shows a plant breaking through concrete.

Reemergence of the Big Four in Law

The Practice January/February 2016
The Big Four's legal ambitions are changing the market for legal services. What will the profession look like in the future?

The Practice magazine for Nov/Dec 2015 on "Lawyers in Politics" shows a person standing at a podium in a tie made up of tiny individual people, illustrating the electorate.

Lawyers in Politics

The Practice November/December 2015
Lawyers’ dominance in Congress is in a slow but steady decline. What does this mean for lawyers' influence in society and the profession as a whole?
Cover for "Collaboration and teamwork," the sept/oct 2015 issue of The Practice, with an image of cartoon humans lifting up and turning gears together.

Teamwork and Collaboration

The Practice September/October 2015
The growing complexity of legal work—work that is increasingly cross-practice and multijurisdictional in nature—requires lawyers to collaborate across expertise and organizational boundaries.
The Practice for Jul/Aug 2015 on Legal Education for the Future shows stacks of books.

Legal Education for the Future

The Practice July/August 2015
In the midst of declining applications and an uncertain job market, law schools are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
May/June 2015 cover of The Practice on Women as Lawyers and Leaders shows a group of women strutting forward with the first one in front depicted in red.

Women as Lawyers and Leaders

The Practice May/June 2015
American women have made significant inroads in law. Still, the legal profession has more work to do if women are to gain equal representation across the field.
The Practice on Professionalism in the 21st Century, from Mar/Apr 2015, shows humans in suits striding forward ahead of a map of the world.

Professionalism in the 21st Century

The Practice March/April 2015
What it means to be an ethical legal professional is an increasingly pressing question in a time of intense global competition, corporate scandal, and public mistrust.
Jan/Feb 2015 Issue of The Practice on Disruptive Innocation shows a man being pulled up a ladder by a red balloon.

Disruptive Innovation in Legal Services

The Practice January/February 2015
Though some may be surprised to hear it, legal services fit the classic profile of an industry on the verge of disruption.

The Practice for Nov/Dec 2014 on "The Global Age of More for Less" shows a man on a cliff pulling a rope toward him.

The Global Age of More for Less

The Practice November/December 2014
Fundamental changes in the worldwide delivery of legal services in the wake of globalization and technology are inevitable, and they’ve already begun.