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Winter 2022 Course

Pathways to Leadership Workshop for the Public Sector

Note: This course is restricted to first-year J.D. students only.

The drop deadline for 1L January Experiential Term (JET) classes is Friday, December 3, 2021. Students may not drop a course if they do not have an offer to enroll in a different JET course.

1L JET courses are intensive learning courses. Class attendance is required in each course every day of the term. Students should make their travel plans accordingly. Students should not take on other work commitments during the term.

Location: This course will be held in Milstein East C.

Exam Type: No Exam

Harvard Law School graduates have a long history of becoming leaders in public service, the public interest world, and the non-profit sector, often drawing on the critical thinking, advocacy, negotiation, and technical legal knowledge and skills they have learned and practiced during law school. The Pathways to Leadership Workshop for the Public/Non-Profit Sector is a course designed to provide students with frameworks, tools, and perspectives that will accelerate and enhance their ability to succeed in leadership roles in the future.

Through a mixture of leadership case studies drawn from the public/nonprofit sector, interactive exercises, visits from guest speakers, and extensive work in teams, students will explore the real-world skills that leaders call upon to catalyze change.

Specifically, students will: become more adept at understanding their own motivations and preferences and more aware of their own blind spots; become better-skilled at team formation and understand best practices for collaboration; become conversant with styles of leadership and tools and practices that work well with these styles; begin the work of becoming better negotiators-a skill that lawyer-leaders call on and develop throughout their careers; consider and work through hard moral and ethical dilemmas; become better at publicly describing the sources of their personal missions; understand best practices and skills associated with collaborating across differences in social identity; and, throughout, work on leadership-oriented communication and presentation skills. This is a highly practical, skills-based, experiential offering.

Instructors and teaching assistants will provide regular feedback to teams with respect to written and oral presentations. As a final exercise, student teams will integrate the skills and tools they have gathered during the workshop (as well as through their varied life experiences) and connect theory to application through working together to solve a difficult leadership problem.

Note: There may be days throughout the winter term that require attendance beyond the scheduled times. Please refer to the course syllabus and page for more information.