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Upcoming Events

Celebrating 120 Years of Women's Legal History at WCL

February 12, 2016

Gender & Law Supreme Court Series

Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: What's at Stake for Native Women?

March 1, 2016
12:00- 1:00pm

Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole: What's at Stake for US Women?

March 3, 2016
12:00- 1:00pm


The Women and the Law Program has Moved to
Tenley Campus!

The Women and the Law Program staff have moved to our new offices at 4300 Nebraska Ave, NW, Capital Building, Second Floor, Suite #C205B. Students are welcome to stop by to seek advice regarding courses, learn about opportunities to get involved in feminist advocacy and chat about law school in general. Email us at to set up an appointment.


The Women and the Law Program

Since 1984 the Women and the Law Program has promoted the integration of women's rights and gender studies into legal education, practice and doctrine. To foster the study and teaching of gender and international or comparative law, the program expanded to include a Women and International Law Program in 1994.

The Women and the Law Program emphasizes the role of law and legal education in transforming women's status around the world. The program challenges assumptions about the role of women in the family, civil society, and governance in domestic, international and transnational institutions. However, engaging in either academic study or advocacy alone is not enough if the people who make the legal and political decisions that shape women's lives- judges, lawyers and policy makers- ignore the concerns of women. Therefore, the program seeks to influence the thinking of political and social leaders who hold the power to address the legal dimensions of gender inequality. We aim to transform the training of lawyers and scholars so that they leave law school with an awareness of their power and obligation to remove the legal barriers to women's full participation in society.

Our program works at multiple levels to integrate gender into legal education by:

  • Encouraging the development of feminist legal thought;

  • Educating emerging legal scholars in gender studies;

  • Creating supportive networks of feminist scholars, practitioners and activists;

  • Disseminating scholarly and teaching materials that integrate gender into the study of law in specific contexts.

Our Projects

Comparative Family Law

Gender, Health & Justice

Gender Jurisprudence & International Criminal Law

About The Project

Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking

Integrating Gender Into Legal Education

IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

Student Debt and Education Justice