Leading Change for Lawyers (Online)

About the Program


PROGRAM DATES: June 15-18, 2021
The program consists of 4 days of highly interactive virtual sessions.


Applications may be submitted after the deadline and will be considered if space remains.


Leading Change for Lawyers (Online)

Now more than ever, law firms and in-house legal departments, are facing disruptive changes. Lawyers need the ability to not only adapt, but also to lead, influence, and operate in an environment that will continue to evolve, often without a clear path forward. In the face of changes ranging from department reorganizations to global health crises, law firms and organizations will need leaders who can meet today’s challenges and find opportunities to thrive in an uncertain future.

Leading Change for Lawyers will help participants improve their ability to manage change in a complex environment. Participants will learn how to individually, as a group, and as an organization make important decisions when faced with ambiguity. This online, interactive program will explore the concepts of adaptive leadership, leading organizational change, building resilient teams, and the individual’s leadership journey. Through case studies, lectures, and interactive exercises, participants will:

  • Develop the ability to understand situational context, hidden dynamics, and potential consequences of complex change.
  • Learn how to systemically plan for change.
  • Gain practical strategies to drive and effect change.
  • Advance their techniques and skills to influence, engage, and support others during times of change.
  • Increase their ability to feel comfortable with disagreement and to help their teams move forward in times of conflict.

Leading Change for Lawyers is designed to give lawyers the tools to navigate organizational changes such as a merger or restructure, adjustment of strategy in the face of market shift, changing client base, impediments to profitability, or increased turnover. Lawyers will benefit from the ability to adapt to changing situations and provide leadership for their team or organization.

Leading Change for Lawyers differs from Leadership in Law Firms and the Accelerated Leadership Program in that it provides a deep dive into how to lead and adapt through change, at the team, organization, or industry level. Leadership in Law Firms and the Accelerated Leadership Program provide the knowledge and tools to become a more effective leader overall, for yourself, your team, and your organization.

Apply today for Leading Change for Lawyers to gain the skills and knowledge to lead your organization through today’s complex challenges.


Leading Change for Lawyers will give participants the tools and frameworks to lead and influence through challenging times and help their organization successfully navigate today’s rapidly changing environment.

The program will equip participants to:

  • Diagnose and understand the nature of the work required to lead complex change within your organization or for your clients
  • Think and plan systemically for individual and organizational change
  • Develop robust, practical strategies for leading and engaging others in effecting change regardless of their position within an organization
  • Explore the ethical dilemmas and difficult trade-offs that come with adaptive change
  • Help themselves, client, and others adapt to new and unforeseen realities


Leading Change for Lawyers’ distinguished faculty will utilize real case studies, lectures, simulations, hands-on exercises, and small group discussions to give participants a deep of understanding how to lead through disruptive times.

The curriculum topics include:

  • Leading organizational change with adaptive leadership
  • Building resilient teams that can endure turbulent times
  • Your personal leadership journey


About the Format

Leading Change for Lawyers will take place on the Harvard Zoom platform. There will be program sessions each day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET. Accepted participants should reserve this window on their calendars until we circulate a finalized program schedule. Each session will be between 1½ – 2 hours long, and we will schedule a break of 30 minutes between the two daily sessions.

In order to complete the master class 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 include frequent opportunities for engagement among participants. These break out discussions and activities enable participants to exchange thoughts, ideas, and perspectives to learn from—and get to know—each other. Additionally, upon completion, participants join our global Harvard Law School Executive Education Alumni Network.

Leading Change for Lawyers is designed for law firm partners and chief officers and in-house Counsel who are responsible for managing change in their organizations at the practice, department, business unit, or organizational level.

The program will benefit:

  • Law firm partners who hold leadership positions
  • In-House counsel who are in leadership positions or have a role in shaping organizational strategy
  • HR and training professionals of law firms and government who advise lawyers in management positions
  • Chief strategy or change management officers in legal organizations
  • Lawyers on boards
  • Former lawyers now working in in policy or political positions

Participants should have 6+ years of professional experience.

Hear more about who will benefit from attending Leading Change for Lawyers from faculty chair Farayi Chipungu.


Not sure if this program is right for you? Ask us.

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.

Professor Farayi Chipungu – Program Chair

Professor Ron Heifetz – Faculty

Professor Scott Westfahl – Faculty

Nigel Boardman – Visiting Lecturer

Learn more about the Leading Change for Lawyers faculty→


Custom Programs

Need a more customized approach? We provide programming tailored to meet the specific needs of senior firm leaders. 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.