Leadership in Corporate Counsel

About the Program

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PROGRAM DATES: June 7-11, 2021
The program will consist of 5 half days of fully-live, online sessions.

PROGRAM FEE: $6,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 14, 2021
Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains.

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Leadership in Corporate Counsel

The Leadership in Corporate Counsel program offers in-house leaders insights into the challenges they face and the frameworks, concepts, and tools they need to succeed in their increasingly complicated roles. General counsels of leading organizations encounter challenges unlike those faced by law firm or other external-client facing, professional service firm leaders. Through our highly interactive case-study method, contextualized specifically for lawyers in key in-house roles, we will develop your capabilities around building an effective legal department, creating a culture of innovation, interacting with boards, managing through crises, and understanding the disruptive forces that are changing the global market for legal services.

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Leadership in Corporate Counsel’s curriculum will provide you with perspectives, concepts, management tools, and skills that will help you be a more effective leader of your corporate legal department.

The program aims to prepare you to:

  • Identify and apply personal leadership strategies to better balance your complex responsibilities as a lawyer and leader within your organization and legal department.
  • Elevate your department within your organization and lead more effectively by building your team leadership skills.
  • Position yourself as a “trusted advisor” within your organization and understand the approaches to implementing key organizational changes as part of developing an organizational strategy.
  • Make better strategic decisions and manage crises.

The Learning Model

Case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, and small group discussions focused afford participants the opportunity to consider multiple pathways to sustained success for their teams and organizations. Learning by case method allows participants to work through possible approaches and solutions to real-world problems in a classroom context.

Topics

Participants will develop a holistic understanding of the challenges facing, and the skills and perspectives required of, effective Corporate Counsel leaders. The course will explore topics such as:

  • Balancing professional responsibilities
  • The power of alignment among corporate strategy, functional strategy, the organization of the corporate counsel office, and the professionals that constitute legal departments
  • Drivers of superior quality of service to internal clients
  • The motivation drivers of professionals
  • Incentive systems, including promotion and compensation
  • Leading change

About the Format

Leadership in Corporate Counsel will take place on the Harvard Zoom platform.

There will be two program sessions every day between the hours of 9:30 a.m. ET and 2:00 p.m. ET. Accepted participants should reserve this window on their calendars until we circulate a finalized program schedule. Each session will be between 1 – 2 hours long, and we will schedule a break of at least 30 minutes between the two daily sessions.

In order to complete the program and earn a certificate of completion, participants are expected to attend every session. As with our on-campus programs, class size will be limited.

Building Community and Networks

Our highly interactive sessions and workshops will include frequent breakout group discussions and activities. These opportunities will help ensure that participants get to know each other and learn from each other’s thoughts, ideas and perspectives. Additionally, participants who complete the program will join our global Alumni Network, through which they will be invited to attend future residential and online programs offered by HLS Executive Education.

Who Should Attend?

Participants in this program should be currently active as leaders in an in-house legal department. Roles include:

  • General Counsel
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Chief Legal Officer
  • Vice President
  • Head of Legal

At the time of attendance, participants should have teams of professionals reporting to them. Those planning to transition into an in-house leadership role should apply for the program once they are active in that role. In-house legal leaders from government and not-for-profit organizations are also welcome to apply.

To ensure a collegial, small group setting, class size is limited. We encourage a broad cross-section of participants across geographies and industries.


“The topics were very relevant from start to finish. I left with concrete action items for my development as a leader of an in-house legal function.”

Mark Howard
United Services Automobile Association
United States

“The content and emphasis could not have been more relevant to my role. Its effect is beyond measuring.”

Leadership in Corporate Counsel alumnus

“Unique opportunity to interact with peers and share day-to-day challenges. Opportunity to step back and reflect on my professional life, while obtaining useful inputs from great teachers.”

Leadership in Corporate Counsel alumnus

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The core teaching team 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 leaders of professional service organizations and through personal involvement as consultants for top corporations around the world.

Program Teaching Team

David Wilkins – Program Chair

Hillary Sale

Scott Westfahl

Learn more about the faculty by visiting our Faculty page and using the drop down menu (“Search By Faculty Type”) to select the program of interest.

 

Custom Programs

Need a more customized approach? We provide programming tailored to meet the specific needs of in-house legal departments. Learn more.