(Pondering whether to obtain an Indiana Tech JD with a concentration in Global Law & Leadership)
Recently-opened Indiana Tech Law School has embraced this reform, consistent with its announced focus on real-world training. Accordingly, the school offers its students their choice of four concentrations: transactional law, international property/technology law, advocacy/dispute resolution, and global law and leadership.
Wait. Global Law and Leadership?
Yes. If you aspire to world leadership, whether you are a megalomaniac cartoon lab rat or, far less promisingly, a kid with a 143 LSAT score, you definitely should consider obtaining a JD at Indiana Tech in your quest for primacy. As the Indiana Tech Law view book explains, "Enrollment in this concentration will expose you to a wide variety of courses that will prepare you to assume leadership roles in areas such as human rights, international trade, and international litigation."
Here is how to prepare to take your rightful place as a global leader via the innovative training that is only available at Fort Wayne's finest unaccredited law school.
First, you must lay the foundation for your career as a transformative global leader by mastering seminal theoretical and empirical leadership theories. This three credit hour course should do the trick.
Law 7001, Leadership Theory & Research
This is a foundational course in the critical analysis of seminal theoretical and empirical leadership theories, research and best practices. The concepts and dimensions of leadership are evaluated from the early trait and behavioral theories to the more recent theories which emphasize transformational and servant leadership models. Ethics and morality in leadership decision-making and case studies that examine emerging leadership situations are also analyzed.After mastering leadership theory, you must develop the effectiveness of your models and modes of leadership. I can think of no better way than taking a course that uses the word “leadership” four times in a three-sentence long course description.
Law 7005, Global Leadership Development
From a global perspective, leadership development models are analyzed with a focus on organizational and individual outcomes. Leadership development practices are evaluated as they relate to and impact the development of intellectual capital, organizational innovation, talent management, succession planning and executive selection criteria. Leadership development programs for expatriates and effective modes of leadership development for different countries and cultures are analyzed.
Given the horrors perpetrated by world-bestriding conquerors throughout human history, it is a relief to know that you future Indiana Tech Law global masters will be of the socially responsible variety, and adhere to a personal code of ethics appropriate to your grave responsibilities.
Law 7004, Ethics, Governance & Social Responsibility
Ethical theories and research are examined, along with professional codes of conduct and best practices for effective ethical leadership in global organizations. A review of recurring ethical dilemmas results in the development of a personal code of ethics appropriate for global leadership. The literature and best practices related to the leader’s role in promoting effective governance for a healthy organization along with social responsibility and sustainable development are examined.
Your ethics may be irreproachable, but even so you will be a formidable contender on the global playing field, exhibiting strategic and tactical best practices as you deploy your assets to achieve maximum competitive advantage.
Law 7007, Global Strategic Leadership
Literature and best practices in the development of strategic initiatives are analyzed with the goal of achieving competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Qualities of strategic leadership and strategic processes are examined including strategy formation, tactical planning and decision-making throughout the organization, as well as pro-activity in addressing environmental challenges and cultural differences. Also analyzed are systems-thinking, “Best-in-Class” benchmarking and partnerships, and employee empowerment.
Recall: It is global leadership to which you aspire, the USA being too small a pond for your Indiana Tech nurtured leadership talents. Consequently, you need to understand foreign laws and legal systems and have strategies for dealing with the effects of the differences between the US legal system and every other. Fortunately, comparative law is an Indiana Tech Global Law and Leadership concentration requirement.
Law 9503, Comparative Law
This course examines the problems and issues that arise when a lawyer deals with foreign clients, foreign lawyers, or foreign law. It focuses on the differences in substance, procedure, methods and ways of thinking between the United States and other countries, revealing the many ways in which the United States legal system is unique and evaluating the implications of this uniqueness. The course examines foreign laws and legal institutions and identifies ways in which lawyers can learn about and better understand systems other than their own and develop strategies for dealing with the effects of differences between systems.
An enlightened global leader thinks weighty thoughts about humanity. For instance, the baffled public will appreciate your critical perspective and discourse on the meaning and enforceability of human rights.
Law 9502, Human Rights Law
. . .Topics include the debate over the definition of human rights (and whether rights are universal or culturally relative), the basic legal mechanisms for enforcing human rights, and the practical political realities of promoting human rights. The course will also develop critical perspectives on the relationship between human rights ideology and enlightenment values and on whether human rights are a function of international media or international law.
But the most important lesson in becoming a leader, acknowledged across every culture and all historical epochs, is this: Dress for Success. Here too, Indiana Tech law students have the upper-hand. The second issue of the twice-a-year Indiana Tech Law School newspaper states that the school has launched a new inititative called “Law Suits” to offer its students donated used professional attire to boost the students’ wardrobes:
"If you or someone you know has professional clothing or accessories that may be useful to one of our law students, you are encouraged to send your items to the Student Bar Association c/o Indiana Tech Law School, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Ford Wayne, IN."
So if you encounter somebody striding down the boulevards of Fort Wayne in second-hand sartorial splendor, I suggest you take note: that person may be an Indiana Tech law student on his or her way to the summit of global power.