NYU Law admitted women long before most other law schools, graduating its first female graduates in 1892—less than 20 years after the Supreme Court upheld an Illinois law barring women from practicing law and 25 years before women got the right to vote in New York. The BWLN is committed to ensuring that this Law School remains a leader in supporting women in the law. To this end, the BWLN is engaged in the following initiatives:
Under the guidance of Professor Florencia Marotta-Wurgler ’01, the BWLN conducts empirical research to identify obstacles to women’s success in the legal field and potential avenues for improvement.
Partnerships with Centers & Student Organizations
In addition to its own leadership training, research, and other initiatives, the BWLN encourages input from and collaborates with a number of student groups, including the Women of Color Collective and Law Women. While these groups operate independently and maintain their own active events calendar and resources for the NYU Law community, the BWLN views them as partners in supporting women at the Law School and beyond. The BWLN offers guidance on select programs and consults with these groups when planning its own events and initiatives to best serve the women students of NYU Law.
Law Women exists to promote the success of women in the legal field and to advocate for women’s rights at NYU and beyond.
They work toward this mission by providing peer counseling, leading advocacy efforts, and facilitating networking events. They also organize events devoted to community service, building a community across the law school, and supporting the mental and emotional health of students. They strive to create programming that promotes equity in the legal community by empowering women from all backgrounds with the community support and resources they need to achieve academic and professional success.
Read “Law Women provides opportunities for students to pursue professional and advocacy interests” from the NYU Law website.
Women of Color Collective (WoCC)
The Women of Color Collective (WoCC) was created to provide a space for women of color students at NYU Law to connect and support one another. The organization accomplishes this through networking opportunities, educational panels, and collective initiatives. WoCC advances the needs of women of color and enriches the Law School as a whole.
WoCC provides mentorship by facilitating monthly meetings for group discussion of critical issues and/or social events to promote interaction and mentorship between women of color at the Law School; education, by planning events open to the Law School on current topics relevant to the experience of women of color—specific either to the legal community or to women of color generally; and activism, by working with other student groups on various initiatives including, but not limited to: increasing faculty of color recruitment and student of color admissions, incorporating critical perspectives into class discussions, and expanding course offerings.