Leadership in Law Firms

About the Program

2019 PROGRAM DATES:

September 15-20, 2019

PROGRAM FEE: $16,000

 

2020 PROGRAM DATES:

April 26 – May 1, 2020

September 13-18, 2020

PROGRAM FEE: $16,500

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Leadership in Law Firms (LLF) is our program for senior law firm leaders (managing partners/chairmen, department, practice or business unit leaders, chief officers). It’s a six-day, intensive study of a cross-section of professional service firms to help you develop the perspectives and skills necessary to be an effective law firm leader. You will learn frameworks and strategies for balancing professional responsibilities, strategic planning, improving organizational alignment, managing growth and change, and motivating people and teams. Hone your leadership skills and apply today.

LLF is offered twice a year – once in the spring (April/May) and once in the fall (September). Please email us at ExecEd@law.harvard.edu if you have any questions about future program dates.

 

By studying a cross-section of professional service firms, including law firms, participants learn the unique challenges of leading these organizations and develop perspectives and skills to be effective law firm leaders.

Participants will learn about and discuss topics such as:

  • The need for balancing their professional responsibilities as lawyers and leadership responsibilities in their firms
  • The importance of having a clear strategy for long term success
  • The power of alignment among firm strategy, organization, and professionals
  • Drivers of economic performance in different segments of legal services
  • Motivation of professionals
  • Recruiting the right professionals and developing them effectively
  • Incentive systems in law firms, including compensation and promotion
  • Governance of professional service firms
  • Leading change in law firms

Participants will develop a holistic understanding of the challenges facing, and the skills and perspectives required of, effective law firm leaders.

 

The Learning Model

Case studies, lectures, classroom discussions, and small group discussions focused on professional service firms afford participants the opportunity to deliberate on the determinants of sustained firm success.

Case studies on law firms and other professional service firms give participants exposure to real-world issues and help them work through possible approaches and solutions to the problems that professional service firm leaders confront. Participants practice making decisions about challenging real-life management problems in professional service settings.

Topics

The program offers participants perspective, concepts, management tools, and skills to help them be more effective as law firm leaders. It is designed to sharpen the leadership skills of professionals who have executive responsibilities in law firms by exploring with them the topics of strategy in law firms, organizational alignment, practice economics and segmentation, motivation of professionals, compensation, managing the producer-manager dilemma, nurturing an inclusive work environment, leading change in a law firm, and effective leadership.

Participants include leaders of law firms world wide. Participants in this program should be currently active as senior law firm leaders (i.e. Managing Partner, Chair of Firm, Senior Partner, Practice Group Head, C-suite level executive (Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Financial Officer, etc.) at the time of attendance. Participants should manage or oversee other lawyers and/or professionals in their current role. Those planning to transition into a firm leadership role should apply for the program once they are active in that role.

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Visit the Admissions page for information on the process.

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 through personal involvement as consultants for top firms around the world.

Program Teaching Team

Scott Westfahl – Program Chair

John C. Coates IV

Michele DeStefano

Hillary Sale

David B. Wilkins

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 senior firm leaders. Learn more.