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Leadership Class Application

Leadership Class Application

Application Deadline:  March 29, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.  DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 8TH

DWLA Leadership Class is a DWLA initiative created to further its mission of elevating the standing of women in the legal profession. The leadership class will benefit women 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 your business contacts, equip you with the tools necessary for professional development, and will generally provide opportunities that would not have existed otherwise.

The 2024 Leadership Class will meet for a mandatory Leadership Retreat from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024. An evening workshop will follow this summer, featuring local and state leaders speaking on their personal experiences of women in leadership positions and their advice on developing the professional skills required to become and support women in leadership. This date TBD–will consider class participants’ schedules. In addition to this programming, the class participants will select, organize and execute a self-directed community service project that achieves the purpose of elevating the standing of women in the legal profession. The project shall be completed before the class participants return to school for the 2024 fall semester. Applicants who attend school outside Dallas-Fort Worth understand that signing this application represents a commitment to assist with the service project through its completion.

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. Each year, DWLA selects approximately 12 (twelve) applicants to join its Leadership Class.

Eligibility requirements:

  1. Available to attend retreat and one summer workshop (evening event);
  2. Commitment to attend class meetings (minimum of 3 evening meetings with facilitators + additional meetings if scheduled by class participants);
  3. Commitment to work with class participants on a service project (project, project workload and project completion date chosen by class participants);
  4. Currently enrolled in law school and J.D. expected after May 2024; and
  5. Attends SMU, TAMU, UNT Dallas, Baylor, UT, Texas Tech School of Law or OU law school, OR provides a demonstrated commitment to work in the legal profession in the Dallas community during the summer of 2024.


"*" indicates required fields

Are you a DWLA Member?*
Can you attend the mandatory retreat as noted above?Are you a DWLA Member?*
Attach your résumé, which shall include education, student organizations, and civic activities in which you have participated. List any awards or special recognition's you have received.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 100 MB.
On a separate sheet of paper, briefly describe the following: (a) what leadership means to you; (b) why you wish to participate in this Leadership Class; and (c) how you expect to use your experience in this program.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 100 MB.
Please provide a signed letter of recommendation from someone who has known you for at least two years.
Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, Max. file size: 100 MB.
Attach a professional photo that can be used in class materials.
Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 100 MB.
Applicants are requested, but not required, to provide the following information. Please indicate which of the following categories utilized by the EEOC best describes you (choose one):
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