The John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business
Welcome to the John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business at Harvard Law School. The purpose of the center, which is supported by a grant from the John M. Olin Foundation, is to further student understanding of law and economics, promote faculty research in the area, and help make the bar and the public better aware of the economic approach. The center supports a variety of activities including fellowships for students at Harvard Law School, research assistantships, prizes for the best student papers in law and economics, a seminar series in which invited speakers present works in progress to students and interested faculty, curriculum development, conferences, empirical and theoretical research, and the Harvard Law School Discussion Papers in Law and Economics. The center also includes a special-purpose program , the Program on Corporate Governance. Together with the School’s course offerings related to economics and law, the center helps to provide a stimulating environment for students interested in pursuing an interest in the area.
This web site is designed to provide information about the Center's major activities. For further information, contact Karl Coleman, Administrative Director.
Olin Center Programs
Additional information about the Center's activities can be found in the web site of another program operating within the Center: The Program on Corporate Governance.
John M. Olin Prizes
Prizes supported by a grant from the John M. Olin Foundation may be awarded annually for the best papers written in the area of law and economics. The amount of a prize is $1,000. A professor must submit the paper on behalf of the student with a statement describing why the professor believes the paper is meritorious. Submission should be made before the end of classes in the Spring semester, and should be emailed to Karl Coleman, Administrative Director.
John M. Olin Fellowships in Law and Economics
To foster research and study in the area of law and economics, several students will be selected as Fellows in Law and Economics and will receive a stipend under a grant from the John M. Olin Foundation. The fellows will be expected to make significant commitments to writing in law and economics and to attend a seminar series in the area. Further information may be found here.
Terence M. Considine Fellowships in Law and Social Sciences
These fellowships are intended to support two groups of individuals: those whose goal is to enter legal academia and whose main interest is in law and social sciences; and those whose goal is to enter an academic department in the social sciences (especially in economics, business, or government), provided that their focal interest is in law. These fellowships are supported by a grant from the Considine Family Foundation. To be eligible, an individual must either be a recent Harvard Law School graduate or a student in a Harvard social science PhD program. Further information may be found here.
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