Harvard offers business fundamentals course to incoming students

Incoming Harvard law students are learning about business concepts, thanks to an online program launched by the Harvard Business School. 

HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) teaches business fundamentals and is available to incoming Harvard law students for $300. Last year, 89 percent of students said the program increased their confidence in discussing business topics.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my HBX CORe experience and found that a fresh background knowledge in business analytics and financial accounting helped me to better understand the decision-making factors managers often consider in domestic and international trade,” said Abraham Williamson, a first-year student at Harvard Law School and a participant in the pilot offering of CORe last summer. “I would highly recommend HBX CORe to new 1Ls.” 

HBX CORe is designed to teach participants the key fundamentals of business, using Harvard Business School’s signature case-based approach in a digital learning environment that requires active participation and social learning. The program consists of three courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. 

“I am delighted that Harvard Business School’s innovative CORe program will continue to be available for Harvard Law School students,” said Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow. “We know from recent studies and surveys that law firms, businesses, and also public sector and non-profit employers increasingly value these skills. All lawyers need to understand and use these business concepts to assist clients or to launch entrepreneurial ventures of their own. CORe offers real value through engaged and interaction learning harvesting the best of Harvard Business School knowledge and instruction.”

Incoming Harvard law students are eligible to participate in either the May or June . Students can expect to spend 150 hours on the program’s three online courses, which they take simultaneously: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers and Financial Accounting.