With the 1892 graduation of Rose Levere, Agnes Mulligan, and Julia Wilson, New York University School of Law embarked on a proud tradition of training extraordinary female lawyers, decades earlier than many of its peer institutions. That spirit continues unabated today: 55 percent of NYU Law’s fall 2017 entering class is female, making the Law School a leader in this area among the country’s top 10 law schools. This long history of fostering future leaders committed to addressing the legal dimension of gender equity has empowered our graduates to shatter glass ceilings.
The first female state Supreme Court justice, the first female federal circuit judge, the first woman to argue before the US Supreme Court, and the first woman on the New York Court of Appeals all studied at NYU Law.
For further insight into the history of women at the Law School, read Phyllis Eckhaus ’85’s article “Restless Women: The Pioneering Alumnae of New York University School of Law” from the New York University Law Review (1991).