This course will provide an opportunity for students to achieve a theoretical grounding in the academic literature and empirical research on women and leadership and to develop personal insight and skills for exercising leadership. Class readings and discussion will focus on current theories and definitions of leadership, gender differences in leadership styles and current research on the legal, social and structural barriers to women assuming leadership positions in their communities, non-profit organizations, law, legal education, business, the judiciary, government and related societal sectors. The course will use case studies of women who have been trained as lawyers and their experiences in moving into leadership positions in these sectors. This course is open to all students and is a prerequisite for students who wish to apply to be selected as Fellows in the Women, Leadership and Equality Program. Course requirements include a substantial research paper, which may be written for certification.
This course will provide an opportunity for fellows to share their Practicum experiences and to explore the ethical and practical challenges to women exercising leadership in a variety of organizations including community groups, non-profit organizations, law, legal education, business, the judiciary, government and related societal sectors. Class readings and discussion will focus on the practical impediments to women in assuming leadership roles. Women lawyers who have achieved leadership positions will participate in the workshop and share their perspectives on the pressures, obstacles and dilemmas they faced in achieving their positions. Course requirements will include short research/writing assignments and class presentations.
Students who are accepted into the Women, Leadership and Equality Program as Fellows may earn academic credit by working for governmental and non-profit national or local organizations that focus on policy or legal issues affecting women. Students spend 12 or more hours per week during the semester working under the supervision of lawyers in these organizations on policy initiatives or providing direct legal services to women. Placements may include national organizations like the National Women's Law Center and local organizations like the House of Ruth, as well as state and federal agencies administering programs that advance women's social and legal equality and foster women in positions of leadership.