Leadership Fellows Program   

Program Information

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.

This year, 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.

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:

  1. creation of the First Gen JD website
  2. educational programming on learning differences and learning disabilities
  3. community workshops on the basics of landlord-tenant law and affordable housing law
  4. initiatives to meet the needs of Newark's homeless and displaced
  5. development of re-entry programs for those previously incarcerated
  6. creation of academic success programs for first-time youth offenders
  7. workshops to guide local immigrants toward new work opportunities
  8. programming to promote heightened awareness and remediation of the tragedy of human trafficking
  9. 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].

Application requirements to be submitted online.

Applications are invited in April.

E-mail address
Phone number
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.

Upload resume.

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Admitted Students

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.

Number Name Credit Type Offering


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 learning.
Students will receive a grade on a Pass/Fail basis on the completion of the two semesters, and will be evaluated on the basis of (1) several short writing assignments, (2) class participation in skills-building exercises and (3) contributions to their leadership project.

Course is graded Pass/Fail.

<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





Learning Outcomes

Students will develop enhanced abilities to

  1. apply the ethical imperative in the workplace
  2. effectively work with media outlets
  3. enhance communication skills as applied to both law-related and non-law related constituencies
  4. work toward appointments to boards, commissions, panels and professional committees
  5. navigate social communication in professional settings/“work the room”
  6. become involved with the organized bar
  7. garner an understanding of financial literacy
  8. cultivate strategies to effectively integrate work and family
  9. put vision into action
  10. make effective decisions
  11. cultivate self-awareness and self-assessment skills
  12. seek, take and foster responsibility
  13. prioritize competing demands
  14. understand market controls
  15. appreciate the mechanisms of corporate social responsibility
  16. build and mend relationships
  17. manage people and projects
  18. weather change
  19. accept and learn from failure
  20. build confidence in self and others
  21. appreciate the virtues of humility and perseverance