Each member of our LWOW Community plays an important role. Roles can vary year to year, and, oftentimes, one member of the community will take on multiple roles. Read on to learn more about the different roles in our community. Much of the LWOW experience happens in teams, and each team is comprised of 2 Team Leaders, 1 Topic Expert, 3-4 law + business students, and 2-3 Mentors.
STUDENT (BUSINESS, LAW):
Students answer to the direction of and work within the culture and expectations set by the Team Leaders (think of Team Leaders as bosses/primary mentors). Students incorporate guidance, feedback, and expertise of Topic Experts and Mentors throughout the LWOW process.
Students are responsible for meeting LWOW- and Team Leader-set deliverables while driving the problem fine tuning, investigative research, idea generation, target audience identification, business case development, and concept creation.
Time commitment: Approximately 4-10 hours per week (including Deliverables, checkpoint meetings, LWOW Live webinars, and team meetings)
The Team Leaders act as project leaders for their LWOW team. The Team Leaders guide the students’ research methodology and outreach, oversee project development and management, aid the team in developing creative and practical solutions to the problem identified, provide critical feedback and commentary on the students’ work, guide the development of the final dynamic presentation, practice mock presentations with students, and present half of the final 20-minute presentation at ConPosium.
Team Leaders are responsible for making sure the students do the requisite work to meet the challenge presented to the team. Team Leaders also author a mid-stream progress and reflection report for their team. (Note: The Alumni Advisor should serve as a resource in completing the report).
Time commitment: Approximately 2 hours per week (this includes responses to emails, meeting with the team virtually every other week, and attending webinars)
Mentor (Academic, Business, Entrepreneur):
The Team Mentors provide useful guidance on problem solving, research, and professional growth and generally use their experience and connections to support the team on their journey.
Mentor roles include: Academic Mentor, Business Mentor, and Entrepreneur Mentor
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour every other week to meet with the team virtually. Mentors are invited—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars.
The Topic Expert is selected by the sponsoring corporation/firm specifically for their understanding of the business and the subject matter of the topic/challenge. Topic Experts help the team better understand the nuances of the problem and identify resources and people that can help the team gain the necessary corporate and industry knowledge. Importantly, the Topic Expert provides advice to the team about its proposal to ensure that it solves the business challenge in a valuable and viable way.
Time commitment: Approximately 1 hour every other week to meet with the team virtually. Topic Experts are invited—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars.
The Alumni Advisor assists the team with beginning a collaborative dialogue.
The Alumni Advisor monitors team progress by ensuring their team is on track towards meeting their deliverables; e.g., Have the students held regular meetings with the team leaders and their mentors? Have the students turned in their deliverables on time? Have the students done qualitative research?
The Alumni Advisor also serves as a resource to the Team Leaders in project management and the mid-stream progress report.
The Alumni Advisor assists the team in preparing for ConPosium; e.g., screening their team’s presentation for errors, checking for requisite quality and substance (including financial information, animations, videos, etc.), holding extra practice sessions with teams, and providing on-the-spot feedback, etc.
Time commitment: Approximately 10 hours over the course of four months. Alumni Advisors are encouraged—but not required—to attend the LWOW Live webinars.
LWOW Webinar Thought Leader:
Thought Leaders come from a diverse array of legal and non-legal backgrounds and bring knowledge from their professional and personal experiences to enrich the entire LWOW Community in our exploration and discussion of the future of law.
Thought Leaders play an integral role in our weekly LWOW Live webinars by providing a presentation or commentary about debates on hot topics in legal education and practice and/or substantive expertise/training.
Time commitment: Approximately 3 hours total (20-30-minute presentation over the course of a 90-minute session, plus an hour of session planning and training with our online classroom software).
Pitch Coaches watch and critique teams’ mock pitches before the final event in order to help improve the substance, viability, creativity, and presentation style.
One Pitch Coach session is approximately 30 minutes long; however, we welcome Pitch Coaches to participate in several sessions.
Time commitment: A minimum of 30 minutes (Note that most Pitch Coaches volunteer in blocks of 2 hours) over the course of 4 months.
Business Coaches assist teams in constructing their Project of Worth's business case.
One Business Coach session is approximately 45 minutes long, and teams meet with their Business Coaches multiple times throughout the LWOW experience.
Time commitment: A minimum of 90 minutes (Note that most Business Coaches volunteer to assist several teams) over the course of 4 months.
A Judge’s role is to watch the team present their Project of Worth, and then, in 5 minutes or less, ask questions and provide constructive feedback on at least three factors: substance, creativity, and viability. Absolutely no preparation is needed.
Time commitment: The entire experience (team presentation, judge’s feedback, and audience voting) lasts just under an hour for each presentation.
The Teaming Coach works with all teams to promote individual emotional intelligence and a collective, cohesive, healthy group working dynamic.
The Teaming Coach serves as a resource and cultural compass for teams as they navigate the LWOW process.