Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Leadership in the Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-795LD-001)
Sarah Stanley, Michael Aniton

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This course meets during the fall semester every other Tuesday, on the following dates: August 25, September 8, September 22, October 6, October 20, November 3 and November 17. The course continues into the spring semester, meeting biweekly until spring break, with a final Saturday class session after spring break to be determined. Participation in the mandatory spring session will yield an additional credit of course work.


This course is designed to provide an introduction to prevalent theories of leadership and leadership education and their relevance to lawyers and law students, and to develop leadership competencies in all students enrolled in the course. As lawyers, you will are likely to work a variety of organizations (law firms, judge’s chambers, non-profits, corporate legal counsel office, government) throughout your career and as a result of your legal training, may be asked to take a leadership role in your organization. Accordingly, you will need to acquire, master, and demonstrate the essential leadership competencies—credibility, communication to influence others, articulating and inspiring a vision for the future, building and leading a team through collaboration, making timely and effective decisions, and others—to strengthen your organization and enhance your value to the organization and its clients. Students will examine their professional identity as lawyers, including work/life balance, professional values and choices and ethical obligations of the profession. They will also be able to recognize ethical issues rising in the legal workplace such as duties/bounds of zealous advocacy and reflecting upon issues related to bias and diversity and the lawyer’s duty to promote and seek justice. Students will critically examine leadership styles, concepts, and theories and demonstrate insights through class discussions, interactive exercises, and a team project designed to address a community (AUWCL or beyond) need. Given the unique structure of the course, enrollment is by permission of the instructors. To apply, please send a statement of interest, including past or anticipated leadership positions and how the course would contribute to your work in these roles, to sstanley@wcl.american.edu.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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First Class Readings

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