Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Pre-Program

During Program

Post-Program

 


 

How do I apply to a program?

You can find the link to the application on the webpage of the program to which you would like to apply. A complete list of our programs is on the Programs page. For general information on the application process and what is on the application, please visit the Admissions page.

 

When is the application deadline?

There is no application deadline. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. However, programs can fill up quickly, so we recommend you apply as soon as you can.

 

Does HLS Executive Education offer custom programming?

Yes. HLS Executive Education can work with you to develop a custom program designed to meet your organizational goals. Explore custom programs –>

 

Are HLS Executive Education programs appropriate for HLS alumni?

Yes. Our programs are designed to further the education of individuals with a strong foundation in practice. Rather than focus on black letter law, our programs seek to complement and build upon the skills learned in an LL.B., J.D., or LL.M. program.

 

When should I pay for the program?

Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance and can be made by credit card, check, or wire transfer. Full payment details will be included on your invoice. If you are accepted fewer than 30 days from program start, payment is due upon receipt of the invoice. Payment must be received in full prior to the start of the program.

 

What types of payment are accepted?

Payment can be made by check, electronic bank wire transfer, or credit card. Detailed information regarding payment will be included with your invoice.

 

What is your cancellation policy?

If you are no longer able to attend the program, you may cancel by submitting a cancellation request to ExecEd@law.harvard.edu. Requests must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time at least 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. If you have already paid your program fee, you may be eligible to defer your enrollment to the next offering of the program.

 

Immunization

To ensure the safety and well-being of our entire campus community, the Commonwealth 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.

 

What is the expected attire?

Dress for programs is business casual. The environment is professional, but we encourage participants to be comfortable. Local temperatures often fluctuate throughout the day, so we encourage participants to dress in layers. Most programs have a final celebratory dinner at which business attire is appropriate.

 

How are the programs structured?

Our programs include a mixture of case discussions, lectures, exercises, and simulations. In a typical day, you will participate in four (4) sessions broken up by networking breaks and lunch. Each day begins around 9:00 a.m. and concludes around 5:30 p.m. Some evenings will have planned dinners.

 

What is the usual class size?

Cohort size varies from program to program. Depending on the goals and content of the program there may be 25-65 participants. However, most of our on-campus programs have between 45-65 participants.

 

What are the expectations around technology use (phone, computer, tablet)?

Given the highly interactive nature of the case method of teaching, and to ensure full participation in the program, we ask that participants leave personal devices silenced and out of sight during sessions. Participants can use the scheduled break times to check their devices.

Participants in most of our Leadership and Focused programs receive a Microsoft tablet for use during the program. The program materials will be accessible on the device, which can be used for digital note-taking and collaborative group work.

 

When will I receive the program schedule?

Approximately three (3) weeks prior to the start of the program, you will receive online access to the materials and information you need to prepare for the program. The materials typically include: a detailed schedule, case readings, and any other assignments to be completed ahead of time.

 

What is the case method?

Unlike the popular Socratic method-style of teaching common in most law schools, we use Harvard Business School-style cases and teaching methods to deliver relevant content in a highly-relatable and applicable format. HLS Executive Education develops case studies with the Case Development Initiative that explore the challenges facing real lawyers, legal departments, or other professional service firms. Our faculty facilitate a discussion analyzing the contents of the case and drawing on the experience of the cohort to identify relevant issues and apply lessons to their own organization. Because we develop many of our own case studies, HLS Executive Education participants have the unique opportunity to discuss cases with the faculty who researched and the developed them.

 

Where will I be housed during my program?
Unless otherwise stated, your accommodations will be at the Sheraton Commander. This historic hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Harvard Law School campus where classes will be held. Breakfast is available every morning at Nubar Restaurant on the first floor of the hotel.

 

Why is housing provided?

HLS Executive Education programs are intense, immersive learning experiences. You will learn from your peers in class, as well as in group exercises, during breaks and meals, and at other social activities. The Sheraton space promotes informal gathering in a comfortable and collaborative setting. In order to maximize the benefit of peer networking, it is important for the whole class cohort to be housed together.

 

Can I stay at the hotel beyond the program dates?

The program fee only covers the nights of the program, but you are welcome to add additional rooms to your reservation (if they are available). Please use the link and/or hotel contact information in your acceptance letter to add additional nights to your reservation.

 

How will I get to class?

Due to the hotel’s close proximity to the Harvard Law School campus, you can walk! The Sheraton Commander is located about a 5-minute walk away from Pound Hall where HLS Executive Education programs are run.

 

What are the policies around drugs and alcohol?

HLS Executive Education is dedicated to providing a learning environment conducive to academic achievement and growth. As such, we ask all participants and affiliates of HLS Executive Education programs to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Alcohol consumption must be in adherence with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be brought into, served, or consumed at any time in any academic space on campus.
  • The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff or their guests on Harvard property or as a part of any Harvard activity are violations of HLS policy as well as the law.
  • Harvard University has a no-smoking policy. Smoking of any kind is prohibited on all Harvard University campuses including Harvard Law School.

Are HLS Executive Education programs CLEs accredited?

No. However, depending on where you practice you may be able to apply independently for CLE credits after attending one of our programs. We provide a simple sign-in sheet each day and can send you a copy of the sheet after the program ends.

 

Will I receive a certificate for completing the program?

Yes. All participants receive a signed certificate of completion on the last day of the program.

 

Are there alumni benefits?

Participants of our residential programs are invited to join our Alumni Network. As part of the Network, alumni receive access to a private LinkedIn group, invitations to Harvard Law School and HLS Executive Education events, and a free one-year subscription to The Practice. Some custom programs may also be eligible for alumni benefits. Read more about our alumni –>