Course Details

Professional Responsibility, Leadership, and Lawyering Success

Recent research shows that being a great lawyer and being seen as having that potential encompasses more than rote knowledge, technical skills, and intelligence (in an IQ sense). Being a successful lawyer necessitates engaging in a wider range of skills, including but not limited to the ability to manage relationships with others, to build leadership skills, to know one┬┐s limits and standards, to manage one's emotions, to navigate complex and challenging work situations, and, ultimately, to be in the best position to succeed in an ever-changing job market and through changing career paths. This course will start with the meaning of professional responsibility, then turn to the concept of Emotional Intelligence and its value both to professional responsibility in general and within various basic aspects of law practice such as interviewing, counseling, conflict management, negotiations, problem solving. Students will have the opportunity to complete an emotional intelligence assessment and use their tailored results to develop sound leadership skill. Through discussion of legal and other research, simulations, and reflection, this course will show students how to build individual professional capability to self-assess skills and abilities, to increase awareness of strengths and weaknesses, and to build and reinforce professional responsibility skills necessary to advance careers and success. Registration Requirements: No pre-requisites Evaluation Methods: Weekly Reflective Papers: 20% (11 papers) Capstone Reflective Paper: 45% Group Project: 25% Class Attendance: 10% Class Materials: 1. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman 2. Completing the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) 3. Course packet will be made available online. Students who would like to complete the 2 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 602 Section 11 course section (class nbr 18792) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015. Students who would like to complete the 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 603 Section 11 course section (class nbr 18774) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015.

Catalog Number: LAWSTUDY 661


Course History

Fall 2015
Title: Professional Responsibility, Leadership, and Lawyering Success
Faculty: Zimmerman, Clifford (courses | profile)
Durr II, Michael Robert
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 25

Fall 2014
Title: Professional Responsibility, Leadership, and Lawyering Success
Faculty: Zimmerman, Clifford (courses | profile)
Durr II, Michael Robert
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 18