In 2010, Ms. JD partnered with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession to found the Ms. JD Fellowship. The Fellowship is Ms. JD's program to promote mentoring and professional development.
Each spring, Ms. JD selects a group of outstanding second-year law students as Fellowship recipients. In addition to receiving invitations and financial support to attend ABA and Ms. JD events, each Fellowship recipient 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. Beyond the mentorship, each year, the Fellows tell us that one of the best parts of the Fellowship is meeting the other incredible rising 3Ls. Many Fellows remain friends long after their fellowship year is over.
We are honored to have Skadden as the 2021-2022 Ms. JD Fellowship Program sponsor.
Skadden was founded in 1948 by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps, and John Slate. It is an international law firm based in New York City and has over 20 offices around the world.
Since its inception, Skadden provides insight, guidance, and solutions to the most challenging legal matters faced by businesses and institutions around the world. Their mission is to provide excellent legal services and to give their clients the best representation possible.
Important: The 2021 Ms. JD Fellowship Orientation Session will take place on Saturday, August 28, 2021. Attendance is mandatory.
On the third Thursday of each month, Ms. JD Fellows and Mentors will join to discuss topics including impostor syndrome, mental wellness, and the bar exam.
Ms. JD Fellows are invited to the attend the ABA Annual Conference in August 2021 and the Ms. JD Annual Conference in March 2022.
Ms. JD Fellows are required to complete a Fellowship Project where they will develop a solution using human-centered design to elevate or support women in the legal profession.
Ms. JD Fellows are required to present their Fellowship Project research and findings at a final showcase in May 2022.
Applications will close on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Midnight EST.
Before starting your application, please be sure to have the following files available to upload to your application: a copy of your resume, your unofficial law school transcript(s), one recommendation letter, and a headshot.
Selected finalists will be invited to interview on May 1st or 2nd.
An official announcement will be made on Monday, May 17, 2021.
Becoming a Ms. JD Fellow was one of the best opportunities that I have experienced as a law student. Ms. JD gave me the opportunity to gain multiple mentors and to network with like-minded attorneys and other law students across the nation. As a first-generation law student, having the opportunity to be connected to an organization that focuses specifically on the success of women in the legal field opened doors for me that never would have been opened before.
Alana R. Glover
2019 Ms. JD Fellow, University of Baltimore School of Law
One of the accomplishments from my tenure as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession of which I am the most proud is partnering with Ms. JD to create the Fellows Program. The Fellows are the future of our profession, and the other mentors and I have greatly enjoyed sharing the accumulated wisdom and insights we have gained during our careers. Hopefully, the Fellows Program has provided a valuable springboard from which all of the Fellows can launch successful careers of their own, and I know that one day they too will “pay it forward” for aspiring young women law students coming behind them.
Roberta D. Liebenberg
Senior Partner, Fine, Kaplan and Black, RPC
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 Ms. JD 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 email@example.com to inquire about your eligibility.
I noticed that you ask applicants to list their GPA in their cover letter. My law school does not have a GPA or a 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.
Where should I submit a letter of recommendation?
Your recommender should send their letter of recommendation directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation should be sent to email@example.com by Friday, April 23, 2021 for review and consideration.
Can you add some information to my application after I have submitted it?
No, we cannot alter or add information to your application form, manuscript, or statement of plans once we have received it (the only exception is if your or your recommender’s contact information changes). Please make sure your application is ready and complete before you submit it. Please do not contact us to let us know one of your manuscripts has been published or received an award; this information will not have any bearing on our decision.
How are applicants selected?
Applications are read thoroughly by a committee. The committee members then score applicants based on a rubric and then discuss the most promising applicants they consider the most suitable for the Ms. JD Fellowship program.