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?
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 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.
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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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 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.
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.
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?
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?
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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?
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.
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 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
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.
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 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.
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 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 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?
Lawyers in Politics
The Practice November 2015/December 2023
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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