The HLS Executive Education Advantage

Where lawyers become leaders

What is Executive Education?

As you advance through your career, your increasingly complex leadership roles and responsibilities present challenges and opportunities beyond the scope of your initial law degree. Harvard Law School offers executive education programs that reflect the school’s academic excellence, leading research, and expert faculty to help lawyers and other legal professionals navigate these changes. HLS Executive Education immerses you in a classroom experience designed to help you build leadership skills, consider strategy, practice relevant frameworks, and expand your network.


About HLS Executive Education

Harvard Law School launched HLS Executive Education in 2007 to help lawyers and legal professionals from around the world meet the challenges of a career in law and the changing legal profession. We rapidly prepare participants to apply leadership and business principles to the multifaceted challenges they face in serving clients and leading within their organizations.

Our programs are unrivaled because:

  • They are taught by Harvard faculty, thought-leaders, and experienced practitioners who are leading experts and gifted teachers
  • They are centered around content and case studies specifically written about and for lawyers and legal organizations, grounded in the latest research
  • They immerse participants in interactive experiences of enduring value
  • Harvard’s resources and global reach attract dynamic and thoughtful participants from all around the world, making each cohort an invaluable network



Learning by case method

We believe in the power of learning from real-world situations. That’s why our programs use the business school-style case method to explore concepts, rather than purely teaching through lecture. The case method allows you to experiment with a variety of approaches and frameworks in real-time with insight from the faculty and the cohort – together, the group examines concepts from a variety of perspectives and the resulting discussions cement the learning, ensuring the enduring value of the content for you.

Along with case studies, you will learn from lectures, hands-on group work, simulations, and other activities. The programs maximize opportunities for you to learn from your cohort, as much as you will learn from the faculty. Participants develop close ties with their classmates and build a network of peers that serve as resources beyond the HLS Executive Education classroom.

Learn from the experts

We have close partnerships with two initiatives unique to Harvard Law School: the HLS Center on the Legal Profession (CLP) and the HLS Case Development Initiative (CDI). CLP is one of the world’s leading centers for the study of the global legal profession, headed by Professor David B. Wilkins, faculty chair of our Leadership in Corporate Counsel and Leadership in Law Firms programs. Through our relationship with CLP, you will get access to CLP’s unparalleled research and insights. The Case Development Initiative is dedicated to writing cases and developing learning materials specifically tailored to the challenges facing lawyers and legal organizations. You will have the unique opportunity to learn directly from the faculty who researched and wrote some of the cases used in our programs. Sometimes alumni of our programs go on to be the protagonist of their own case developed by CDI!

Most of our programs take place on the Harvard Law School campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Programs are generally 3-6 days long. During that time, you will learn from renowned faculty as they facilitate case discussions and lectures to help you develop a more advanced approach to leadership. Here’s a sample of what a day in a program looks like:

8:00am: Breakfast

9:00am: Case Discussion

10:30am: Networking break

11:00am: Lecture

12:30pm: Lunch

2:00pm: Interactive Workshop

4:30pm: Optional tour of campus

6:00pm: Cocktail Reception and Dinner

Our programs are intensive and immersive. You will leave with a broader set of leadership skills and a network of experienced peers. Advance to the next level of leadership with us.