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 2018 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’s location alternates each year, with the tentative dates for this year’s course set for 27 December 2017 – 9 January 2018 in Brisbane.

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

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 Professor Sarah Derrington, Dean of UQ Law.  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 20 students – ten from UT and ten 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.

To be eligible for the course, students must have:

  • A minimum LAWS GPA of 5.50; and
  • Be in their final or penultimate year of study in 2018.