Leading as Lawyers: Trans-Pacific Perspectives

Through a partnership between the University of Tennessee (UT) and The University of Queensland, UQ law students who are in their final or penultimate year in 2020 may apply to enrol this course, a #2 course that introduces students to basic leadership principles and the value of service through the lens of lawyers.  The principles and values are explored from a cross-cultural perspective, giving American and Australian law students the opportunity to discuss subtleties in styles and approaches within the two legal systems on either side of the Pacific.

The course location alternates each year, with the dates for this year’s course set for 29 December 2019 – 10 January 2020 in Brisbane at Emmanuel College, UQ St Lucia Campus. There will be an Opening dinner on 30 December 2019 and a Closing dinner on 9 January 2020 which students are expected to attend.

Successful applicants will be permission-listed to enrol in LAWS5233: Transnational Perspectives in Law.

Students are responsible for the cost of the course but any additional costs including accommodation at Emmanuel College and most meals will be covered by the Law School.

Applications for 2019/2020 have now closed.


To be eligible for the course, students must:

  • demonstrate a commitment to leadership;
  • have strong academic results; and
  • currently be enrolled in their final or penultimate year of study


The course aims to develop an understanding of leadership attributes, skills and styles; to give students an opportunity to understand their own leadership attributes, skills and styles and to develop those attributes and styles; to develop an understanding of the way lawyers are called upon to lead and to consider the concept of leaving a legacy.

Students will have the chance to learn from UT instructors Professor Doug Blaze and Professor Brad Morgan, along with the Honourable Justice Sarah Derrington, President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.  The course will also include presentations by Australian and US professional leaders and other guests and field trips to the State and Federal Courts and to law firms.

The course is limited to 12 students – six from UT and six from UQ. 

Once accepted into the course, students will find full details of the course, including the assessment and other requirements in the course profile.

Daniel at law@uq.edu.au


Applications have now closed.

Please include with your application:

  • an expression of interest explaining your motivation for applying (1 page)
  • your current Curriculum Vitae (no more than 2 pages)
  • studies report

Please name your supporting documents using the following format:

Surname_Firstname_SupportingDocumentType (eg. Smith_Anne_CurriculumVitae.pdf)

Apply online now