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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.”
United Services Automobile Association
“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
Visit the Admissions page for information on the process.
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
Need a more customized approach? We provide programming tailored to meet the specific needs of in-house legal departments. Learn more.
Harvard is authorized to offer distance education under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an agreement that allows institutions of higher education in Massachusetts to offer distance education to students residing in other states that participate in SARA. For information about SARA-related student complaint processes for distance education students, please see https://vpal.harvard.edu/nc-sara.