Harvard Business School’s CORE Expands to Law School


HBX, Harvard Business School’s online digital education initiative, will be offering its online business fundamentals program, known as the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORE) to its first year law students at the Harvard Law School (HLS).

CORE, created in an effort to offer a strong foundation in the language and tools of business, will be offered to students from the class of 2018 and currently enrolled students on a first-come, first-serve basis as part of a pilot program.  A total of $1,800 of the enrollment cost will be subsidized by the HLS in order to make the program available to students for only $250.

According to Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, having knowledge concerning business is important when assisting clients or initiating new entrepreneurial ventures.

“In the past several years we have added new curricular opportunities for students to develop business skills, and I am especially delighted that Harvard Business School’s innovative CORe program will now be available for Harvard Law School students,” said Minow.

The program will be taught using the case-based approach that is a signature feature of the Harvard Law School, which focuses on active participation and social learning.  Students will participate in three courses including Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting.

“HBS is delighted to work with Harvard Law School to make CORe available to HLS students. We believe that an understanding of business essentials increasingly is key in many contexts. And we think CORe is uniquely positioned to provide that understanding to Harvard Law School students as a supplement to their legal education,” said Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria in the same press release.

Harvard Business School recently announced it will be working with a number of US liberal arts colleges in order to offer additional benefits for students of the CORE program, including Carleton College of Northfield, MN; Grinnell College of Grinnell, IA; Hamilton College of Clinton, NY; Wellesley College of Wellesley, MA; and Williams College of Williamstown, MA.  The partnerships will increase student access to the program by allowing additional financial aid and guaranteeing space in the program to students of participating colleges.

The program will run for 11 weeks starting in June.  Students will be expected to study for 12-15 hours each week.

Originally launched in 2014, CORE began with 600 students enrolled.  While the next group of students dropped to 500 students, the third and fourth groups each held a larger number of about 1,500 each.

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