Leading as Lawyers: Trans-Pacific Perspectives

International Study through UT Law

Through a partnership between UT Law and the University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law in Brisbane, Australia, students from both countries participate in Leading as Lawyers: Trans-Pacific Perspectives, a two-credit course that introduces students to basic leadership principles, the value of service, and how to plan for a successful and meaningful career. 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 location alternates each year, with the 2018-19 class set for winter break in Knoxville.

Studying in Brisbane

UT Law students in the course will have the chance to learn from not only UT instructors Doug Blaze and Brad Morgan, but also the former dean and now federal judge, Justice Sarah Derrington, UQ Law faculty, Australian professional and political leaders, Australian law students, and one another.

2018-19 Course at UT

Students will study at UT during the winter break in December/January. The course is limited to 12 students—6 from UT and 6 from UQ—who are selected by the instructors. Tuition and room and board costs are covered. Students pay for their travel and personal expenses.


Participation in the course is an excellent chance for UQ Law students to spend part of their summer holiday experiencing winter and life in the US. While friends and family will be basking in the sun in Australia, UQ Law students in the course will winter in East Tennessee.

The TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland is located in Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland and deemed one of the most livable cities in the world. Brisbane is home to beautiful beaches and islands, an abundance of live entertainment, and the Brisbane River, which winds its way throughout the city. Learn more.

The University of Queensland is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities and enrolls approximately 2,000 students. Learn more.

The University of Tennessee is located in Knoxville, founded in 1794, is one of the oldest public universities in the United States and is the headquarters of the Vols and the famous “Volunteer spirit.” Learn more.

Over the course of 125 years, UT Law has perfected its approach to legal education: combining theory and practice. UT Law has the longest-running legal clinic in the United States. Learn more.

Course goals

To develop an understanding of leadership attributes, skills and styles; to give students an opportunity to understand their own leadership attributes, skills and styles and to develop those attributes, skills and styles; to develop an understanding of the way lawyers are called upon to lead and to consider the concept of leaving a legacy.

Course timeline (tentative)

December 27: Introduction to Course and Leadership
December 28: Leadership Capabilities, Barriers, and Development
December 31: Self-Awareness, Active Listening, and Ethical Leadership
January 2: Collaboration and Group Dynamics
January 3: Professional Planning
January 4: Future of the Legal Profession
January 7: Making a Difference and Access to Justice
January 8: Leaving a Proud and Enduring Legacy and Wrap-Up