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Leadership in Law (Sandman)
Spring 2021   LAW 558-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
R 4:30PM - 6:20PM
Silverman Hall 240B

Faculty
James Sandman

Distinguished Lecturer and Senior Consultant to the Future of the Profession Initiative

james.j.sandman@gmail.com
Additional Information
Experiential Course

Yes

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills: Each student will give one eight-minute presentation related to the subject of a class using an explanatory PowerPoint presentation or other visual presentation tool. Short written exercises will hone problem-solving and analytical skills and develop leadership judgment.

Grading
30% Participation,
70% Other (Students will maintain journals recording their answers to assigned problems and reflections (2-3 pages) on the subject assigned for each week's class. The journals will be reviewed at the end of the course for this portion of the grade. The student's eight-minute oral presentation will be considered as a component of class participation.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No

Location

Class meets in person.

Course Continuity
Students are encouraged to stay home if you are ill or experience flu-like symptoms. If you miss a class for any reason, it is still your responsibility to make up the work missed.

I offer the following to students who miss class due to illness:

- Class sessions are regularly recorded. I will make these recordings routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

- I have asked for volunteers in the class who are willing to take and share their notes on a regular basis with others who are absent due to illness or some other unavoidable circumstance.

- I will make PowerPoint slides or other class materials routinely available on the course site to everyone in the class.

Category
Upper-Level

Credits
2.0

Lawyers occupy leadership positions across many segments of American society -- not only in law firms, corporate legal departments, and public interest organizations, but in public service, business, academia, and a variety of non-profit organizations. Lawyers often come to leadership positions with less preparation and training than leaders in other disciplines. This course will examine how lawyers can become effective leaders in different settings. Topics will include learning leadership, characteristics of strong leaders, leadership styles, decision making, achieving and exercising influence, managing change, strategic thinking, diversity in leadership, organizational dynamics, moral leadership, effective communication, and conflict management. Classes will feature guest speakers who are lawyer-leaders in law firms, corporate legal departments, public interest organizations, non-profits, and academia. The format will be interactive and require participation.

Course Concentrations

Skills Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of the individual course skill; Demonstrate the ability to receive and implement feedback; Demonstrate an understanding of how and when the individual course skill is employed in practice.

Perspectives on the Law Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Professional Responsibility and Ethics Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Public Interest Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of public interest law; Perform legal analysis in the context of public interest law; Communicate effectively on topics related to public interest law; Demonstrate an understanding of how public interest law is connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.

Equity and Inclusion Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.


Textbooks

"Leadership for Lawyers" by Deborah L. Rhode
Edition: Third (2020)
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
ISBN: 9781543820010
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