Northwestern Women's Leadership Coalition


WLC History

The women of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law began organizing in the early 1970’s under the name “The Women’s Caucus.” The Women’s Caucus sought to give aspiring female attorneys at the law school a forum for discussion and to advance women’s opportunities in the legal field. The Caucus advocated for female causes both on and off campus, including hiring more female faculty, facilitating the placement of female graduates, and encouraging women considering a legal career to apply to the law school. In the early 1990’s, the Caucus evolved into the modern iteration of Northwestern Law’s organization for women, the Women’s Leadership Coalition. By this time, the Coalition had grown considerably in size and ambition, arranging annual symposiums that carry on to this day. The Women’s Leadership Coalition of Northwestern Law has a proud ongoing tradition of supporting female students throughout and after law school, increasing professional opportunities and creating a supportive network to foster the development and talent of female law students and attorneys.