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Women and Leadership Practicum (2 credits)

Students complete a research paper on a women's leadership, history, or professional development topic related to law or the legal profession and share their findings with external audiences, through oral presentations as well as bar journal-length articles.

Students also spend at least a day job-shadowing a prominent female judge or attorney to observe her leadership skills and how she handles some of the leadership challenges to which students were introduced during the Women in Leadership Workshop.



Being able to job shadow taught me several things about the profession and a work/life balance. I was able to observe real-life examples of things we discussed in the Women in Leadership Workshop. This emphasized the importance of the skills I have learned and intend to employ in the future.

~Shannon Crain, Class of 2011


Some of Our Job-Shadowing Partners

Stacey Aschemann, Equip for Equality, Carbondale

Melissa Day, Federal Public Defender, Benton

Cynthia Hagan, U.S. Bankruptcy Trustee, Carbondale

Jennifer Miller-Louw, Sandberg, Phoneix & Von Gontard, Carbondale

Deanna Litzenburg, Mathis Marifian Richter & Grandy, Belleville

Kit Morrissey, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Fairview Heights

Janet Proctor, State's Attorney, Pope County

Peggy Reiman, Reed Heller Mansfield & Gross, Murphysboro

Christine Zeman, Springfield Water Power & Light

To find out more information about the practicum contact:

Cindy G. Buys


Alice M. Noble-Allgire