Leadership Fellows Program
The Leadership Fellows Program, under the direction of Professor Paula Franzese, is comprised of second, third and fourth year 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 (PRMD8200) 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's class of Leadership Fellows engaged with the community in a variety of ways, launching a website to guide first generation law students on the road to law school and success in law school... Read full story here.
Interested students are now invited to apply. Applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on April 16, 2021.
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. Interested students may now apply for admission to the 2020-21 program. 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].
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 learning.
NOTE 1: Course does not count towards the 15 credit limit on legal practice and self-directed work study credits.
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