College of Law


UT Law

Lawyers as Leaders Seminar

This course is designed to help students succeed as new entrants into the legal profession. Topics include professional leadership, law firm management, bar association service, public service, practical ethics, redefining success, and leaving a proud legacy. Classes involve prominent guest speakers and discussion supplemented with relevant readings. Grading is based on class participation, written assignments, and a professional development plan. Find the fall 2017 syllabus here.

Leadership Practicum

The practicum begins with class sessions on leadership and project design, implementation, and management. Students then develop individual or group professional service projects, execute those projects, and report back on the results. Through the process, students learn basic leadership principles, project management skills, effective communication and reporting techniques, and the value of service. Students have completed projects for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, the UT Center for Profitable Agriculture, McClung Museum, and other entities and organizations. Find the fall 2017 syllabus here.

Leading as Lawyers: Trans-Pacific Perspectives

Through a partnership between UT Law and the University of Queensland, students of either country may enroll in Leading as Lawyers: Trans-Pacific Perspectives, a two-credit course that introduces students to basic leadership principles and the value of service through the lens of lawyers. The principles and values are explored from a cross-cultural perspective, giving American and Australian law students the opportunity to discuss subtleties in styles and approaches within the two legal systems on either side of the Pacific.

The course’s location alternates each year, with the inaugural class set for winter break 2017–2018 in Brisbane.

Lawyering and Professionalism (First Year Only)

This course focuses on the career paths available to law graduates to help students better understand the range of available options. Students explore through exercises, discussion, and by hearing from guest speakers what it means to be a lawyer. Because lawyers are constantly placed in leadership roles in all aspects of their personal and professional lives, the exploration will include an examination of the attributes of effective leaders and the identification of strategies to foster development of those attributes. The final focus of the course will be on professional planning, beginning with consideration of what kind of lawyer (and person) each student is working to become, or, as is more often the case, how to design a path to figure that out. The class also explores the fundamentals of wellness, work-life balance, and positive psychology. Find the fall 2017 syllabus here.