1L Leadership Academy
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"The first and best victory is to conquer self...Whereas followers tend to think of themselves first, leaders have learned to put others ahead of themselves." - Plato
- What is the Georgetown Law 1L Leadership Academy?
- Who is teaching in the Academy?
- Who can participate in the Academy?
- When and where can I apply?
- What is the course schedule and time commitment?
- Whom may I contact for more information?
The Georgetown Law 1L Leadership Academy is a not-for-credit, leadership training course co-sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office of Career Services and faculty from the Center of the Study for the Legal Profession. The intention of the pilot program is to give a small cohort of first year students the opportunity to hone a range of professional and personal effectiveness skills that we increasingly hear from our alumni are critical to success in a range of legal fields. The expectation is that the selected cohort will use these leadership skills in their summer and post-graduation employment, but also give back to the Georgetown Law community by assuming significant leadership positions in their second and third years in student organizations, Law Journals, resident or law fellow positions, peer advisorships, Barristers’ Council, and SBA.
The Academy consists of three major components:
- Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Drawing from the best-selling business book of all time, this course is tailored to law students and their educational and professional experiences. Through hands-on exercises, it will focus on enhancing personal effectiveness skills including time management, goal-setting, prioritizing deadlines and projects, effective listening and interpersonal communication, and conflict management. More than 50 law students, including many first years, have taken a version of this course in recent years and it has received consistently stellar reviews.
- Summer Practice Foundations – In preparation for summer placement, students will receive intensive professionalism training, set goals for their summer experience, and strategize about how to be successful. Upon return from the summer, students will reflect upon experiences, including the substance of their work, handling of workplace relationships and conflict, and whether goals for success were met.
- Collaborative Problem-solving and Leadership – Students will participate in interactive exercises, including case studies used by Harvard Business School.
Please visit our Faculty page for information on participating faculty.
The Academy will be limited to a small cohort of first-year J.D. students. Any 1L is welcome to apply. There are no pre-requisite courses or experiences and students need not have occupied significant leadership positions to be considered. Because one of the aims of this pilot program is to determine the feasibility of expanding this curriculum to a larger group of students in future years, the inaugural Academy will include students with a diverse set of personal, educational, co-curricular, and professional experiences.
First-year J.D. students are invited to apply from September 26 to October 7, 2013. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The online application can be found here.
The Academy will run from late October 2013 through October 2014. During this time, participating students will complete 35-40 hours of instruction. Programs will be interspersed over the fall and spring semesters, and students should generally expect to commit 2-4 hours for most sessions, with no more than 2 sessions per month and none during exam periods. However, students should note that one component of the program is a Seven Habits of Highly Effective People course that will meet for 7 hours per day on four Fridays in the Spring 2013 semester. Students generally will not be expected to complete readings or other assignments in advance of sessions, and homework will be very limited and mostly fun. Students will be expected to attend every session of the Academy except in the event of personal emergency. The tentative schedule is as follows:
|January 24, 2014
||Seven Habits - Session # 1 (7 hours)
|February 7, 2014
||Seven Habits - Session # 2 (7 hours)
|February 14, 2014
||Seven Habits - Session # 3 (7 hours)
|March 7, 2014
||Seven Habits - Session # 4 (7 hours)
|April 11, 2014
||Summer Practice Foundations - Session # 1 (1 hour)
Preparing for the First-Year Summer
|September 12, 2014
||Summer Practice Foundations - Session # 2 (1.5 hours)
Organizational Leadership and Reflection on Summer Experience
|October 3, 2014
||Collaborative Problem-solving and Leadership - Session #1 (2.5-3 hours)
|October 24, 2014
||Collaborative Problem-solving and Leadership - Session # 2 (2 hours)
|November 7, 2014
||Graduation (1.5 hours)
If you have any questions about the program or application, you may direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org or make an appointment with Dean of Students Mitch Bailin or Professor Elizabeth Ewert by calling (202) 662-4066 or visiting the ODOS office in McDonough 210.