Public Interest Leadership (SC)

Section 1, Spring 22

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 3/14
Credits: 1
Day Time Room Start Date End Date
  • MTWR
  • 1800-1930
  • SL284
03/28/2022 04/07/2022

Course Description

Most leaders in public interest organizations are elevated to their roles without much formal training in organizational management. New lawyers, especially, often have little insight into how an organization works beyond the narrow work they are assigned to do. Through readings, case studies, active discussion, and in-class exercises and simulations, this course explores a wide range of topics focused on what organizational leadership in these spaces entails. Students will discuss, for instance, how an organization defines its intended impact and develops (and continuously refines) a theory of change around it. They will also examine how leaders go about engaging in strategic planning, develop new projects or programs, and make important decisions that affect a large number of people within an organization. Other topics may include looking at how public interest organizations are funded, working with grants and donors, and fundraising more generally; the different types of leadership structures and non-profit boards (and how to work effectively with them); diversity, equity, and inclusion; recruiting hiring, promotion, and termination policies and decisionmaking; and more.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will complete short written assignments throughout the course and/or be required to submit a mid-length written assignment within two weeks of the end of the course.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Law and Public Service helpful, but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: Yes
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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Modified Type
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Wednesday, March 30, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Saturday, April 09, 11:59 PM