The Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP) is an intensive, four-day interactive program designed to advance early-stage to mid-stage partners of major law firms, and leaders of smaller legal organizations to the next level of leadership across four dimensions: client leadership, practice leadership, people and team leadership and personal leadership. Participants emerge with the perspectives, concepts and tools they need to succeed as effective leaders in their firms.
Harvard Law School’s Accelerated Leadership Program is an intensive, four-day program designed to advance the development of partners across four key dimensions of leadership:
Participants will develop a thorough and holistic understanding of the challenges facing, and the skills and perspectives required of, law firm leaders.
The Learning Model
Case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, hands-on exercises, and small group discussions focused on law firms and other professional service firms will afford participants the opportunity to discuss the determinants of sustained firm success and effective leadership in such organizations.
The sessions will help participants work through possible approaches to the issues that confront partners with leadership responsibilities in law firms. Participants will reflect on, and discuss effective leadership in the face of real life challenges in professional service settings.
The program offers participants perspective, concepts, tools, and skills to help them be successful as emerging leaders in their law firms.
Participants in the program will develop a practical understanding of critical business and leadership frameworks and how they can be applied effectively in a challenging market.
The Accelerated Leadership Program is tailored for partners who typically have been in their role for 3-7 years and who are seeking to advance more successfully to the next level of leadership, including client, practice, team or personal leadership or, preferably, all of the above. Participants in this program should be positioned as a partner in their firm at the time of attendance and should manage or oversee other lawyers and/or professionals in their current role. Those anticipating promotion to partner within their firm should apply after the promotion has been finalized.
Participants in previous cohorts of the programs have included practice leaders, office managing partners, team managers, heads and co-heads of practice groups, partners-in-charge, and firm-wide committee members. Class size is small and we encourage diversity of participants—from different geographies and from different types of law firms.
Admission is selective and based on the fit between your background and responsibilities and the profile of professionals towards whom the course is targeted. Proficiency in written and spoken English is essential. Participants devote time, attention, and intellect to the learning experience; firms assume fees, provide for reasonable expenses, and relieve the participants of their work responsibilities during the program.
All applications are acknowledged and all application information is confidential. There is no deadline for submitting applications. The Admissions Committee reviews applications and admits qualified candidates on a rolling, space-available basis. Space is limited, so applicants are encouraged to submit applications early. The Admissions Committee only reviews completed applications.
Every Applicant Must Submit the Following:
The program fee of $10,500 covers tuition, course materials, and most meals. Accommodations are included in the program fee. Payment is due within 30 days of the invoice date. If admission is less than 30 days from the start of the program, payment is due upon receipt of the invoice.
Participants who are unable to attend the program may cancel by submitting a cancellation request to ExecEd@law.harvard.edu. Requests must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time 30 days prior to the program’s start to receive a full refund. Due to program demand and the volume of pre-program preparation, cancellations received fewer than 30 days prior to the program’s start are subject to full payment.
To ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, the State of Massachusetts requires that educational visitors are immunized against common contagious illnesses. Please ensure that your immunizations are up to date prior to arrival on campus.
The Teaching Team
Our core faculty are members of the Harvard Law School faculty – distinguished academicians, educators, researchers, authors, and practitioners in their respective fields. Representing various disciplines, they are close to practice through relationships with law firm leaders and General Counsel and through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.
Click on faculty names below for biographical information.
Heidi Gardner – Program Chair