We don’t just educate students to be great lawyers. We educate students to be great leaders. Lawyers typically have little training in leadership. The law can be described as the rules and forces that operate on leaders, and so we teach the rules in which leaders operate, but most law schools don’t teach what it takes to be an effective leader. We do.
We prepare our students to make a difference in the world as citizens and leaders in a fast-changing environment. Leaders of the future need to have the skills to lead, counsel, and manage in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. We provide training and practice in leadership strategies and skills that better prepare students to effectively manage the people and organizations they will lead.
Starting with the Fall 2018 first-year class, we admit a select number of students who have demonstrated outstanding undergraduate academic achievement and leadership potential in the Dean’s Leadership Fellows Program. Those selected are known as Dean's Leadership Fellows. Some of those admitted to the Program also receive a three-year guaranteed full-tuition Dean’s Leadership Scholarship. Leadership Fellows have the special opportunity to interact with prominent national, state, and local leaders to explore issues in leadership and the law through regular small, interactive roundtable discussions at the law school and in the community.
A leadership course for second- and third-year students taught by Dean Lee Fisher, former Ohio Attorney General and Lt. Governor. Topics covered include characteristics and styles of leadership, strategic planning, managing growth and change, public speaking, motivating people and teams, decision making, conflict management, entrepreneurship, innovation, diversity, ethical responsibilities, and collaboration.
We bring distinguished leaders to the law school to mentor, coach, and advise students on their prospective career choices and work on specific projects related to the law school’s strategic priorities. Leaders-in Residence maintain uniquely deep, long-term relationships with the law school. Our Leaders-in- Residence include a former judge, former corporate CEO, former corporate general counsel, the General Counsel of the Ohio ACLU, and a technology and cybersecurity expert.
National, state, and local leaders meet with students regularly for informal conversations about lessons learned during their distinguished careers.
Leader on the Rise
An annual award given to a recent graduate within the past 10 years who has displayed extraordinary leadership. The first recipient of the award is Alana Jochum '10, Executive Director, Equality Ohio