This Reading Group will study the practical, policy and ethical dimensions of management in various organizational settings, with a heavy emphasis on practical understanding and skills.
Attorneys can – and should – develop management and legal skills from their very first day in practice. As your legal career advances, in the future you may be entrusted to run a government agency (or an entire government), a law firm, a non-profit organization, a company’s in-house law department, a court system, or a smaller division of any of these. We will examine principles, case studies and hypothetical problems with an eye to building awareness and habits that prepare you for management roles. And until you become a supervisor, understanding how managers and leaders function will better prepare you to be an effective counsel and to understand the people and entities with whom you work and interact.
We will cover the fundamental aspects of business management, with an eye to the unique dynamics, challenges and responsibilities that attorneys face in management and leadership roles. We will also explore how management roles and challenges vary across different legal practice settings, including government agencies and offices, for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and law firms.
Some of the specific questions and topics we will examine include:
We will be joined by special guests for several sessions who will share their own stories and experiences of managing and leading in different settings.
Every student already has management and leadership experience, whether it's been as a camp counselor or a leader in a student organization or a senior executive in the private sector before going to law school.
The class will meet on Monday evenings from 7:10 p.m. to 9:10 p.m., for 6 sessions over the course of the semester.