Change Leadership and the Law School Curriculum

21 Pages Posted: 24 May 2022 Last revised: 16 Jun 2022

Date Written: January 8, 2022


Lawyers, as inherent and frequent leaders in professional, community, and personal environments, have a greater-than-average need for proficiency in change leadership. In these many settings, lawyers are charged with promoting, making, and addressing change. For example, one commentator observes that, “as stewards of the family justice system and leaders of change, family law attorneys have an ongoing responsibility to foster continuous system improvement.” Change is part of the fabric of lawyering, writ large. Change leadership, whether voluntarily assumed or involuntarily shouldered, is inherent in the lawyering task. Yet, change leadership—well known as a focus for attention in management settings and related academic literature—is rarely called out for individual or focused attention in the traditional law school curriculum. This article presents a brief argument for the intentional and instrumental teaching of change leadership to law students.

Keywords: leadership, change, lawyers, legal education, law

JEL Classification: I21, I29, K00, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Heminway, Joan MacLeod, Change Leadership and the Law School Curriculum (January 8, 2022). Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 62, No. 1, 43 (2022), University of Tennessee Legal Studies Research Paper No. 432, Available at SSRN:

Joan MacLeod Heminway (Contact Author)

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