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Law and Leadership

Integrating Leadership Studies into the Law School Curriculum, 1st Edition

Edited by Paula Monopoli, Susan McCarty


324 pages

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Leadership includes the ability to persuade others to embrace one’s ideas and to act upon them. Teaching law students the art of persuasion through advocacy is at the heart of legal education. But historically law schools have not included leadership studies in the curriculum. This book is one of the first to examine whether and how to integrate the theory and practice of leadership studies into legal education and the legal profession. Interdisciplinary in its scope, with contributions from legal educators and practitioners, the book defines leadership in the context of the legal profession and explores its challenges in legal academia, private practice, and government. It also investigates whether law students need to study leadership and, if they should, why it should be offered as part of the curriculum. Finally, it considers how leadership should be taught and how it should be integrated into classes. It evaluates new leadership courses and the adaptation of existing courses to reflect on how to effectively blend law and leadership in doctrinal, clinical, and experiential classrooms. The book includes a foreword by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and noted leadership scholar, James MacGregor Burns and a foundational essay by prominent leadership scholar and one of the founders of the International Leadership Association, Georgia Sorenson. It will be a valuable resource to anyone interested in leadership, education policy and legal ethics.


A Baker & Taylor Academic Essentials Title in Leadership 'Many lawyers will become leaders - decision-makers, not just advisors - in legal, social, economic and political institutions and will have to express and implement a substantive vision. Law schools at present do little to train students for this vital role. This book presents important perspectives on why that must change.' Ben W. Heineman, Jr., former GE general counsel, senior fellow at Harvard’s schools of law and government [co-teacher of Lawyer as Leader: The Challenges of the General Counsel] ’This long overdue book not only answers the question of why leadership education for lawyers is essential, it also offers a clearly articulated explanation of how leadership must be integrated into law school curriculum and what should be offered and why. It is a must read for every dean, professor, practitioner and student of the law.’ Cynthia Cherrey, Princeton University, USA

About the Editors

Paula Monopoli is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a graduate of Yale College and the University of Virginia School of Law and she is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Professor Monopoli also founded the School of Law's Women, Leadership & Equality Program in 2003. Susan McCarty is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Maryland School of Law. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Maryland School of Law, order of the coif. As Senior Research Fellow, McCarty edits and prepares faculty books and articles for publication.

About the Series

Emerging Legal Education

Emerging Legal Education

Emerging Legal Education is a forum for analysing the discourse of legal education and creating innovative ways of learning the law. The series focuses on research, theory and practice within legal education, drawing attention to historical, interdisciplinary and international characteristics, and is based upon imaginative and sophisticated educational thinking. The series takes a broad view of theory and practice. Series books are written for an international audience and are sensitive to the diversity of contexts in which law is taught, learned and practised.

Series Editors

Meera E. Deo is Associate Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California. She has held visiting positions at Berkeley Law and UCLA School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Her nationally recognized, mixed-method empirical research is focused on institutional diversity, affirmative action, and solutions to intersectional (race/gender) bias.

Paul Maharg is Distinguished Professor of Practice - Legal Education at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. Prior to that he was Professor of Law in the Australian National University College of Law, Canberra, and is now an Honorary Professor there. He is a Fellow of the RSA (2009), was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (2011), and is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015). He holds the positions of part-time Professor of Law at Nottingham Trent University Law School, and Visiting Professorships in the Faculties of Law at Hong Kong University and Chinese University of Hong Kong.


Elizabeth Mertz is John and Rylla Bosshard Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and Senior Research Faculty at the American Bar Foundation; in addition to her JD, she holds a PhD in Anthropology, and specializes in linguistic as well as legal anthropology. In recent years she has spent time as a Visiting Fellow in the Law and Public Affairs Program and a Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Department at Princeton University.

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