2021 Leadership Class Application

Application Deadline:  March 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.

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 2021 Leadership Class will meet for a mandatory Leadership Retreat from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. 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 2021 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 2021; and
  5. Attends SMU, TAMU, UNT Dallas, Baylor, UT or OU law school, OR provides a demonstrated commitment to work in the legal profession in the Dallas community during the summer of 2021.


  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, .
    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: jpg, gif, png.
    Attach a professional photo that can be used in class materials.
  • Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf, jpg.
    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, jpg.
    Please provide a signed letter of recommendation from someone who has known you for at least two years.
  • 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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