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Women and Leadership Program

The Women in Leadership program seeks to help students build their own leadership skills while learning about the challenges that women face as leaders with the legal profession.

The Program currently consists of two courses: a one-credit introductory workshop on leadership issues and a two-credit, semester-long course. The School of Law plans to further develop the program in the near future with upper-level seminars and externship opportunities related to women's legal issues.

The SIU School of Law created its Women in Leadership Program in January 2010.


The Need for Women in Leadership

Although women have been attending and graduating from law school in almost equal numbers to men for the past two decades, women continue to be significantly under-represented in leadership positions within the profession.

According to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, women hold fewer than 16% of equity partnerships in the nations's top law firms. They fare only slightly better in legal education, corporate law, and the judiciary, where women represent 20% of law school deans, 20% of corporate general counsel, and 32.4% of the judges on state courts last resort.

Women in Leadership Workshop (1 credit)

This two-day workshop, held during the January intersession, explores the key attributes of leadership and the challanges that women face in the legal profession. To learn more about this workshop

Women in Leadership Practicum (2 credits)

This practicum gives students an opportunity to further their knowledge of women's leadership issues and to continue honing their leadership skills. To learn more about this practicum


Women in Leadership Photos

Photos from past Women in Leadership Workshops


Women in Leadership brochure