Leadership Fellows Program
The Leadership Fellows Program, under the direction of Professor Paula Franzese, is comprised of upperclass law students with demonstrated leadership ability and/or leadership potential. Leadership Fellows are selected each spring on the basis of completion of an application and interview. Applicants must be in good academic standing at the Law School. Students selected to be Leadership Fellows must enroll in the Leadership, Ethics, and Decision-Making course for the fall and spring semesters. The course meets every other week. As an experiential component of the course, students engage in a leadership project to be determined in consultation with Professor Paula Franzese.
The Leadership Fellows Program received the top New Jersey State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for its groundbreaking work. See the full story here.
The Leadership Speaks series brings distinguished speakers to class to address the building blocks of innovation and team building as well as the predicates to integrity-led service. Past speakers have spoken to the power of grit and resilience and the importance of giving back to the people and communities who do so much for so many. Rehan Staton, Esq., the founder of The Reciprocity Effect, recently shared lessons on courage, grace and gratitude as he spoke of the pioneering work he does.
Distinguished Seton Hall Law alumna and federal district court judge the Hon. Evelyn Padin shared poignant reflections on her time as a law student. She stated, "I remember my journey through this Law School as a LEO student. I came here to learn the law and after I graduated, I knew that I was a better and changed person. I can say to you that it doesn’t matter whether you’re at the top of the class or whether you graduate dead last at Seton Hall…it’s what you make of yourself and your time while here and in the years ahead. You see I am talking about your character and the tests that you will encounter in your future…whether you can persevere in the face of failure? Whether you have the capacity to learn from your mistakes rather than cower with fear and self-doubt…you see you must RISE UP to these tests as I did and resolve to learn and be the best that you can be. You can help change this world. You must find your inner voices, and rise up to face professional, academic, and even family problems and face these challenges with GRIT!
As future lawyers you will learn to reach deep within yourselves to be the best that you can be by helping those in need, whether the client can pay your fees and sometimes only when they can only say 'Thank You'. Lawyers are instilled with the understanding that we must make room at the table for justice not just for some but for all."
About the Course
The Leadership, Ethics and Decision-Making course is a two credit yearlong offering (one credit per semester) as the curricular component of the Leadership Fellows Program. The class meets for two hours every other week over the course of the fall and spring semesters. The course features a distinguished speakers series, mentoring component and opportunities for experiential learning that include implementation of a community-based leadership project.
This year's and past classes of Leadership Fellows implemented initiatives in partnership with various public and private sector constituencies that have included:
- creation of the First Gen JD website
- educational programming on learning differences and learning disabilities
- community workshops on the basics of landlord-tenant law and affordable housing law
- initiatives to meet the needs of Newark's homeless and displaced
- development of re-entry programs for those previously incarcerated
- creation of academic success programs for first-time youth offenders
- workshops to guide local immigrants toward new work opportunities
- programming to promote heightened awareness and remediation of the tragedy of human trafficking
- mentoring and empowerment programs in high schools
Eligibility / How to Apply
To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing at Seton Hall Law. The application consists of a 500 word essay that describes your leadership potential and abilities and a resume. If you have any questions about the application, please contact [email protected].
Applications are invited in April.
In no more than 500 words, please indicate why you are interested in serving as a Leadership Fellow, how you have or would like to demonstrate your leadership potential, what you deem to be your strengths.
If all of the above is available, APPLY NOW
Students admitted to the Program must take the Leadership, Ethics, and Decision-Making (PRMD8200) course in the fall and spring semesters of their second year.
Leadership, Ethics and Decision Making
Leadership, Ethics and Decision-Making is a two credit yearlong offering (one credit
per semester) as the curricular component of the Leadership Fellows Program. The class
will meet for two hours every other week over the course of the fall and spring semesters.
The course will include an executive mentoring component and opportunities for experiential
<p>NOTE 1: Course does not count towards the 15 credit limit on legal practice and self-directed work study credits.</p>
<p>NOTE 2: Year-long course; 1 credit Fall, 1 credit Spring
Students will develop enhanced abilities to
- apply the ethical imperative in the workplace
- effectively work with media outlets
- enhance communication skills as applied to both law-related and non-law related constituencies
- work toward appointments to boards, commissions, panels and professional committees
- navigate social communication in professional settings/“work the room”
- become involved with the organized bar
- garner an understanding of financial literacy
- cultivate strategies to effectively integrate work and family
- put vision into action
- make effective decisions
- cultivate self-awareness and self-assessment skills
- seek, take and foster responsibility
- prioritize competing demands
- understand market controls
- appreciate the mechanisms of corporate social responsibility
- build and mend relationships
- manage people and projects
- weather change
- accept and learn from failure
- build confidence in self and others
- appreciate the virtues of humility and perseverance