Curriculum Guide · Courses
Building and Maximizing Team Effectiveness
Professors Bock and Berman
J.D. Seminar 1076 | 1 credit hours
Client demands and the complexity of legal matters today are increasingly pushing lawyers toward collaborative work. The ability to work effectively in teams is becoming critical for pursuing a successful legal career. Not all teams are high-functioning, however, largely because members and leaders are not fully aware of how to maximize team productivity and processes. This course is intended to provide lawyers with the knowledge and skills to work effectively as part of a team. Drawing on research and theory on how learning styles affect the ability of people to work together to acquire and process information, as well as on how lawyers work together on case and project teams, this course aims to deepen understanding of the factors that are critical to effective team performance. Through a series of experiential learning activities, participants will learn how to gain awareness of group dynamics and build trust among team members as they manage the demands and pressures of working on a legal case team. They will also learn to identify some of the processes and procedures that can be used at the different stages of team development.
Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory. Enrolled and waitlisted students must attend the first class session in order to remain enrolled or to be eligible to be enrolled off of the waitlist. Note: This seminar is mandatory pass/fail and will count toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit. In Summer 2012 this class will meet on July 14 and 15.