Fellowship FAQs

1. What is the Ms. JD Fellowship?

In 2010, Ms. JD founded a project in partnership with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Ms. JD Fellowship as created in order to promote mentoring and professional development for future female attorneys.

 2. What does the Ms. JD Fellowship entail?

Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second-year law students as Fellowship recipients.  The Fellowship is a one-year program, during which:  

  •  The Fellows receive invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, specifically Ms. JD’s annual conference and the ABA’s annual meeting;
  • Each Fellow is paired with a mentor chosen from among the Brent Award honorees, Spirit of Excellence Award recipients, and ABA Commission on Women in the Profession Commissioners.  Some of our past mentors have included: now SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White; Marcia Greenberger, Co-President of the National Women's Law Center; and Judge Marsha Berzon of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • The Fellows write a blog entry for the Ms. JD website and work either together on a group project or individually on a project at their respective law schools.  In 2013, for example, the Fellows published an e-book on succeeding in law school and beyond.   

The one-year program is designed to foster a commitment to excellence in a new generation of women attorneys, inspired by the generation of trailblazers who paved the way for their success.

For more information on the Fellowship, please refer here.  Additional information can be found by searching our blog for articles written by the Fellows or about the Fellowship. 

3. How are Ms. JD Fellows selected?

The process of selecting Ms. JD Fellows is holistic. Fellows are selected based on academic performance, leadership, and dedication to advancing the status of women in the legal profession. The most successful applicants are those that are able to integrate their personal and professional experience to tell a compelling story of why they wish to be involved with Ms. JD and carry out their specific blog and programming ideas.  

4. I am not a second-year law school student ("2L" or rising 3L).  Can I still apply to the Fellowship? 

First of all, thank you for your interest in the Ms. JD Fellowship!  The Fellowship is only open to second-year law students or 2Ls.  If you are a 1L, we strongly encourage you to apply next year.  We also accept applications from part-time law students or law students who are part of a joint degree program on a case-by-case basis.  If you are a part-time or joint-degree law student who is interested in the Fellowship, please email Maleaha Brown at fellowship@ms-jd.org to inquire about your eligibility.   

5. I noticed that you ask applicants to list their GPA in their cover letter.  My law school does not have a GPA or conventional grading system.  Can I still apply for the Fellowship? 

Yes!  We realize that not every law school has a conventional grading system.  If you attend such a school, please mention in your cover letter that your school does not have a GPA or conventional grading system.  If we need additional information, we will let you know.

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