Leadership in Law Firms
Our program for senior law firm leaders (managing partners/chairmen, department, practice or business unit leaders, chief officers) is a six-day, intensive study of a cross-section of professional service firms to help participants develop the perspectives and skills necessary to be effective law firm leaders. Attendees learn frameworks and strategies for balancing professional responsibilities, strategic planning, improving organizational alignment, managing growth and change and motivating people and teams. Unlike programs purporting to be similar, our Leadership in Law Firms (LLF) program uses business-school style cases written specifically about lawyers, law firms and legal organizations, and brings to the classroom all of the research and insight about the changing global legal profession that the HLS Center on the Legal Profession continuously generates.
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.
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.
Who should attend
Participants include leaders of law firms world wide. These are professionals who currently have, or are going to assume, management responsibilities (managing partners, senior partners, chairmen, chief executive officers, chief officers, executive directors, executive committee members, office heads, practice heads, sector heads) in their law firms. To ensure a collegial, small group setting, the class is limited to 50 participants.