A limited number of students enrolled in graduate degree programs at other Harvard graduate schools, the Tufts-Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and MIT will be admitted to the Negotiation Workshops. MIT students are not eligible to enroll in the Winter term Negotiation Workshop.
The Winter 2024 Negotiation Workshop will be taught at Harvard Law School Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Workshop will begin at 9:00 am sharp on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. No one will be admitted to or allowed to complete the course who is not present when the course begins. Participants should adjust their travel plans accordingly. The Workshop will meet for its final class on Friday, January 19, 2024. For credit information, please visit the course catalog listing.
The Spring 2024 Negotiation Workshop will be taught at Harvard Law School Wednesdays and Thursdays, 3:45 to 8:00 p.m. The Workshop will begin at 3:45 pm sharp on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. No one will be admitted to or allowed to complete the course who is not present when the course begins. Participants should adjust their travel plans accordingly. For credit information, please visit the course catalog listing.
Applicants for both courses should know that participation in the Workshop requires that students be highly proficient in English—able to absorb complex factual memoranda quickly, write well under severe time constraints, and participate fully and clearly in all negotiation exercises.
Both Negotiation Workshops are demanding courses requiring full participation during the course period. Note especially in making travel plans (including those affected by inclement weather) that students not present at the beginning of the course (9:00 a.m. ET on the first day of the Winter Workshop and 4:15 p.m. on the first day of the Spring Workshop) will be dropped from the course immediately and replaced by a student on the wait list.
You may apply online for admission to the Winter and/or the Spring Negotiation Workshop by filling out our online application form and submitting your resume along with a letter of interest. Your full application package—online application form, resume, and letter of interest—must be submitted by noon EST on Friday, October 6, 2023.
Within three business days from the time of your application submission, you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email please email the Workshop Coordinator.
To increase your chances of admission to either of these workshops, we suggest you apply to both workshops, indicating any preference you may have between the two which we will take into consideration. While we make every effort to honor applicants’ semester preferences, however, this is not always possible. Please note that offers of admission to the Workshop for a particular semester are not transferable to another semester. Lastly, students eligible for application to the Dispute Systems Design Clinic (DSDC) Spring 2024 must apply for the Negotiation Workshop Winter 2024 semester offering of the course, as the Workshop is a prerequisite for DSDC enrollment.
Your application letter should tell us succinctly who you are, why you want to take the Workshop, what experiences you have had that may enrich the Workshop for others, how the Workshop fits into your broader academic or career goals, and any other information you deem relevant and persuasive.
As indicated in the winter and spring course descriptions, each Workshop is taught as a unified course by a team of instructors, each of whom will be responsible, with the help of a teaching assistant, for a working group of 24 students. Using diversity as a primary consideration, admitted students will be assigned to specific working groups within the Workshop. All applicants will be notified of their status by email according to the following schedule:
Applicants for the Winter 2024 Negotiation Workshop (Mnookin, et al.) will be notified of their status at a date to be announced early in fall of 2023 and will have an announced deadline to accept or decline the specific offer of admission they received. Please note: The Winter Workshop has an early drop deadline of November 3, 2023. The course may not be dropped after this date without the written permission of the instructor. Students dropping the course after the deadline will receive a WD on their transcript.
Applicants for the Spring 2024 Negotiation Workshop (Heen, et al.) will be notified of their status at a date to be announced early in fall of 2023 and will have an announced deadline to accept or decline the specific offer of admission they received. Please note: The Spring Workshop has an early drop deadline of November 24, 2023. The course may not be dropped after this date without the written permission of the instructor. Students dropping the course after the deadline will receive a WD on their transcript.
Those applicants to whom an offer of admission to either Workshop is not made will be placed on a waitlist. Offers of admission to waitlisted students will be made on a rolling basis, at the discretion of the Workshop admissions team. Please note that it is our strict policy not to inform students of their specific position on the waitlist.
If you have further questions, please contact the Workshop Coordinator