The Women, Leadership & Equality Program at the School of Law combines teaching, experiential learning, and scholarship about women in the legal profession to prepare its graduates to become leaders in their chosen careers. It is the first and the only one of its kind at an American law school.
The Program provides an opportunity for students to engage in critical thinking about cutting-edge issues in gender and leadership. It seeks to produce lawyers, both male and female, who are aware of the barriers that face women seeking positions of leadership in society and who will actively promote women in these roles.
The Program also helps students develop the professional skills necessary for success and leadership positions in law, business, government, the nonprofit sector, and the judiciary through its Rose Zetzer Fellowship Program. Named for the first woman admitted to the Maryland Bar Association, it provides training in professional skills, including communication, organizational dynamics, leadership, and personal negotiation through externships and other practice-based learning.