The next big thing for lawyers is getting their own law school.
Harvard Business has hired one of the country’s top legal minds to head its legal program.
Nancy Olin, who is also the head of Harvard’s law school, will serve as chief operating officer of the law school and executive director of the Law School Admission Council.
She will take over the law program as soon as possible, Harvard said in a statement Thursday.
Olin joined Harvard as an associate professor in 1991 and has served as the dean of the School of Business and co-chair of the school’s admissions committee since 2016.
She is known as one of Harvard Business’s brightest stars, according to Forbes magazine.
Ollins tenure at Harvard was marked by a meteoric rise to prominence in the school and subsequent rapid ascent into a top-tier law school with a reputation for academic rigor.
Olin has served on Harvard’s faculty since 2014.
She was named to the 2016 list of “50 Most Influential People” by Forbes.
In her new role, Olin will focus on helping students get the best education possible and create a program that’s both relevant to their needs and will lead to more law graduates, said Harvard Business president John Sullivan.
“We know that a law degree and an advanced degree in a business school can make all the difference in how you go from an employee to a partner or partner,” Sullivan said.
“We have to do everything we can to give our students a sense of what that pathway is like, and we’re working to do that with Nancy Olin.”
A few months ago, Harvard Business hired Harvard Law School professor and partner at Hogan Lovells, David Blitzer, as its first law school dean.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Blitzer said he’s thrilled to be joining the Harvard Business team.
“I am extremely excited about joining Harvard Business,” he said.
“The faculty at Harvard Law are among the most highly regarded in the country, and the program they’re building is a program of the highest caliber in the world, and it has a great mix of academics and business professionals in it.”
Olin’s appointment comes just a month after the university said it will invest more than $100 million in its Law School and Dean’s Initiative, which is dedicated to creating a law school that is academically rigorous, financially sound and attracts the best law students in the nation.
That program is expected to be operational in the next two years.