In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD’s program to promote mentoring and professional development. Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners. Beyond the mentorship, each year, the Fellows tell us that one of the best parts of the Fellowship is meeting the other incredible rising 3Ls. Many Fellows remain friends long after their fellowship year is over. To read more about one Fellow’s experience, click here and here.
Here’s what you’ll need to submit to apply for the Fellowship:
1. Resume (Must include a link to your LinkedIn Profile)
2. Unofficial Law School Transcript(s)
3. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “There are many mentorship programs for law students. Why would you like to participate in the Ms. JD Fellowship?”
4. One paragraph (250 words) answering the question, “Describe how you have demonstrated leadership ability, both in and out of law school.”
5. One paragraph (300 words) answering the question, “If you had to contribute to the Ms. JD community by writing a blog post, what would you discuss and why?”
6. One paragraph (300 words) answering the question “Describe in detail an event that you would like to organize at your law school, in conjunction with Ms. JD, that promotes women in the law or examines issues affecting women in the legal profession.”
**Specific application instructions**: All application materials must be submitted in a single PDF file titled “[First Name Last Name] Fellowship Application” with a cover page that lists First & Last Name, Law School, GPA, LinkedIn Profile Link, Email, and Phone Number. Applications that are not submitted in this format will not be considered.
Why Do You Ask For My LinkedIn Profile? We’re asking you for your LinkedIn profile because having one is a huge part of your professional identity. If you haven’t developed your profile yet, now is a great time to start! Also, from a practical standpoint, there’s a Fellows group on LinkedIn that allows all of the Fellows from the previous classes to interact with one another.
Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11:59 pm Central Time. Ms. JD plans to announce Fellowship finalists by mid-April. Finalists will then complete interviews with Ms. JD Board Members. The 2018 Ms. JD Fellows and their mentors will be announced in June.
If you have any questions, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Maleaha Brown, at email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your application!