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Winter 2008


This essay articulates the case for educating law students for leadership roles and responsibilities they will assume throughout their careers. While leadership education is relatively commonplace in American business schools, it is not a familiar part of the law school curriculum at American law schools. This essay describes this new educational initiative and the fundamental reasons for this approach to preparing law students for the roles and responsibilities they will assume in their communities and in the legal profession.

In particular, this essay discusses the components and purposes of the program and defines what is meant by education for leadership by lawyers. It also attempts to make the case that leadership skills and attributes are fundamental lawyering skills and that educating law students for leadership roles and responsibilities advances efforts to expose our students to a broader array of fundamental lawyering skills and values. This essay expresses the hope that legal educators and law firm professional development experts will build leadership training into their curricula and their programs.



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