Women’s Leadership Fellows Program

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About the WLFP

In the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program (WLFP), participants will build key leadership skills. Fellows will work closely together as a cohort, and independently, as each participant develops their own individual, authentic leadership style. Students apply and are selected as Fellows in the fall of their 1L year and participate in programming throughout their time at NYU Law.

We seek to build a diverse, inclusive cohort, and we welcome applications from any first-year JD student at NYU Law seeking woman-focused leadership training. Students of all gender identities and expressions (including but not limited to cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and/or genderqueer students) are encouraged to apply. Students who have not previously had the opportunity to develop their leadership skills are encouraged to apply. Due to the nature of the program, the WLFP is only open to 1L JD students at NYU Law.

The WLFP begins with the Sara Moss Women’s Leadership Training Program, a rigorous co-curricular, week-long leadership development program for 1L Fellows that combines self-assessment, instruction, experiential learning, team-building, coaching, and mentoring. The program will take place in January before the start of the Spring semester, allowing participants to reflect on their first semester of law school and approach upcoming semesters with additional skills, insights, and perspectives. The 2024 Sara Moss Program will be held from January 8-12, 2024, before classes resume for the Spring semester.

The Sara Moss Program offers participants the opportunity to build personal and practical skills complementary to their legal education. Through instruction and feedback from professional facilitators and coaches, participants develop core leadership and professional skills in a space that encourages honest self-reflection and sharing with others. The program accommodates participants’ different learning styles, backgrounds, and aspirations, encouraging participants to lead authentically, in law school and beyond.

Themes of the Sara Moss Program include:

  • Identifying, understanding, and strengthening your leadership style
  • Communicating with impact and authenticity
  • Defining your value proposition
  • Strengthening practical skills, including time management, setting boundaries, and organization
  • Grit and resilience
  • Building internal/external networks and relationship capital

Fellows will also be assigned professional alumnae mentors, who will support Fellows’ leadership development throughout their law school careers.

Fellows will continue to build upon the foundational skills and insights from the Sara Moss Program as they progress through law school. Additional opportunities may range from workshops on specific topics, such as getting and giving feedback, to programming designed to expose participants to various aspects of the professional world, to social opportunities designed to deepen bonds within the Fellowship cohort.

The Women’s Leadership Fellows Program and Sara Moss Women’s Leadership Training Program are made possible through the generous support and inspired vision of Sara Moss ’74 and were developed in consultation with the late Monica Parham. Questions about the Women’s Leadership Fellows Program may be submitted to womensleadership@nyu.edu.

Learn more about our current Women’s Leadership Fellows.