Application Deadline: April 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
WLAM Leadership Class is a WLAM initiative created to further its mission of securing the rights of women in society, advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession, promoting improvements in the administration of justice, and promoting equality and social justice for all people. The leadership class will benefit law students by providing students with the tools to develop the professional skills necessary for success and leadership positions in law, business, government, the nonprofit sector, and the judiciary. Participation in the Leadership Class will greatly enhance participants’ business contacts, equip them with the tools necessary for professional development, and will provide opportunities that typically do not exist outside the program.
The 2021 Leadership Class will meet for a mandatory virtual Leadership Retreat from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. A speed mentoring event will also be on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. featuring local and state leaders speaking on their personal experiences in leadership positions. They will also share advice on developing the professional skills required to become leaders and support women in leadership. In addition to this programming, the class participants will select, organize, and execute a self-directed community service project aimed at elevating the standing of women in the legal profession. The project shall be completed before the class participants return to school for the 2021 fall semester.
By applying for the WLAM Leadership Class, applicants commit to the following:
- Attend the all-day Leadership Class Retreat on May 15, 2021 and a speed mentoring event on July 14, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.;
- Attend all class meetings (minimum of three evening meetings with facilitators + additional meetings if scheduled by class participants);
- Attend the WLAM September 18, 2021 Board meeting to present the class project; and
- Work with class participants on a service project (project, project workload, and project completion date chosen by class participants).
Additionally, applicants must:
- Be currently enrolled in law school and expect to graduate with a juris doctor on or after May 1, 2022; and
- Attend a Michigan law school or provide a demonstrated commitment to work in the legal profession in Michigan during the summer of 2021.
To be considered, please complete the application below and attach the required documents. Applicants will be chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to elevating the standing of women in the legal profession. WLAM may select up to ten applicants to join its WLAM Leadership Class.