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Whether in law firms, businesses, government, or non-profits, lawyers are leaders. Because Penn Law graduates will be called upon to play leadership roles throughout their careers, the Center on Professionalism integrates leadership training with the law school curriculum.


COP leadership programs include: 

Managing Conflict with Power and Presence

How does conflict impact our success as students, lawyers, and human beings? Is it possible to view conflict – or at least how we engage the conflict – as a choice? And what if we could increase power by using our opponents’ energy? The abilities to manage, resolve, and transform conflict are key skills in and out of the office and courtroom. This dynamic and experiential program involves both body and mind in simple and powerful kinesthetic activities from the martial art Aikido (“The Way of Blending With Energy”). You will examine beliefs about conflict that hold you back, physically understand concepts such as power and presence, and learn to use emotional energy with intention. This program is for kinesthetic learners who like to immerse themselves in the educational experience. Come prepared to learn, explore, participate, and have fun.

TPIC Leadership Training

Leading social change requires vision, empathy, and a keen awareness of one’s community and oneself. For students who aspire to not only be the change they wish to see in the world, but to lead it, TPIC offers opportunities for team-building and leadership development for those who strive to be extraordinary leaders in the field of public interest law.


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