Our publications are designed to contribute substantial research, data, opinions and recommendations to the ongoing dialogue about the legal profession, lawyers’ careers, and legal education. We invite you to explore these writings based on our groundbreaking empirical and theoretical research and scholarship.


The culmination of many research projects is the publication of a seminal book on the topic. The Center and its affiliates have numerous publications with topic academic publishers on topics ranging from globalization to diversity. You can find a selection of the most recent books here.

Research Paper Series

In 2013, CLP launched its Research Paper Series hosted on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). 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. SSRN users can subscribe to the series here.

We welcome submissions from academic researchers doing work on the profession, broadly conceived, and those interested in having their papers part of the Research Paper Series can email Bryon Fong.

Reports & White Papers

The Center’s Reports & White Papers contain the most critical and distilled findings from our empirical research projects. They will be of interest to academics and practitioners alike.

Case Studies

The Case Development Initiative (CDI), primarily funded by a generous grant from Dechert LLP, uses interviews, data, and research to develop written and video summaries of strategic and organizational issues that law and other professional service firms face. Readers become situation-based problem solvers by analyzing a case study; they must identify key challenges and develop appropriate strategies to resolve them. Harvard Law School case studies force readers to consider each situation from multiple perspectives and reconcile the interests of different groups or individuals; for example, the reader may need to analyze both the stakeholders’ interests and motivations and the underlying incentives and mission of the institution before arriving at a solution to a strategic problem. In short, case studies bring real life situations to classroom settings, helping students prepare for their professional careers and experienced professionals build on their skill sets.

HLS cases are intended for use in a variety of settings including law schools, business schools, executive education, and in-house programs, with many of these CDI-produced cases being used as course material in HLS’s own Executive Education programs. They cases and other case studies can be purchased through the Harvard Law School Case Studies Portal.

Other Publications

Here you can find leading thinkers and opinion makers express their views on the critical issues facing the legal profession and their recommendations for moving forward.