1L Leadership Academy

  1. What is the Georgetown Law 1L Leadership Academy?
  2. Who is teaching in the Academy?
  3. Who can participate in the Academy?
  4. When and where can I apply?
  5. What is the course schedule and time commitment?
  6. Whom may I contact for more information?

What is the Georgetown Law 1L Leadership Academy?

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 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:  

  1. 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.
  2. Summer Practice Foundations: Preparing for First Year Summer – Students will receive intensive personal and professional skills training to help them be successful for their summer placements.  This session focuses on goal-setting, strategies for personal accountability, and resilience, an essential competency for addressing setbacks that inevitably arise in law school, law practice, leadership positions, and life.
  3. Reflection of First Year Summer – Students will discuss the success and failures of their summer placement. This session includes various exercises to assess personal and professional skill growth, goal achievement, and feedback.
  4. Collaborative Problem-solving and Leadership – Students will participate in interactive exercises, including case studies used by Harvard Business School. 

Who is teaching in the Academy?

Please visit our Faculty page for information on participating faculty.

Who can participate in the Academy?  

The Academy is 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. The Academy will include students with a diverse set of personal, educational, co-curricular, and professional experiences. 

When and where can I apply? 

First-year J.D. students are invited to apply from September 25 to October 6, 2014. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6. The online application can be found here.

What is the course schedule and time commitment? 

The Academy will run from late October 2014 through October 2015. During this time, participating students will complete 35-40 hours of instruction. Programs will be interspersed over the fall and spring semesters, but students should note that half of these credit hours will be completed in the 1L spring semester during the 7 Habits course, which will meet for 8 hours per day on three Fridays. Students generally will not be expected to complete readings in advance of sessions, but may be asked to submit self-assessments and other short reflection exercises. 

Students will be expected to attend every session of the Academy except in the event of personal emergency. The tentative schedule is as follows: 

Tentative Date
November 2014
January 23, 2015
Seven Habits - Session # 1 (8 hours)
February 6, 2015
Seven Habits - Session # 2 (8 hours)
February 20, 2015
Seven Habits - Session # 3 (8 hours)
April 10, 2015
Summer Practice Foundations (3 hours)
Preparing for First Year Summer
October 2015 TBD
Reflection of Summer Experience (3 hours)
October 2015 TBD
Collaborative Problem-solving Case Study and Leadership Team Exercises (4-6 hours)
November  2015 TBD
Graduation (1.5 hours)

Whom may I contact for more information?  

If you have any questions about the program or application, you may direct them to 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.

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