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NAWL Membership Benefits for Law Students

By becoming a Member of NAWL, you unite with lawyers throughout the United States that strive to form a strong coalition with and advocate for women in the legal profession. We invite you to join others who, like you, are proud to be engaged in the practice of law and wish to work together to support the social, political, and professional empowerment of women in the law. As a Law Student or First-Year Associate, NAWL is happy to offer a complimentary membership.

Member benefits include:

Community and Coalition

Being a member of NAWL gives you, at an early stage in your career, access to career development, networking, and mentoring opportunities with women lawyers at the top of their field. 

Opportunities to Build a National Network

We host several yearly conferences designed to bring women together and provide the skills and resources needed for long-term career advancement and satisfaction, including signature events like our Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, Mid-Year Meeting & Awards Luncheon, and General Counsel Institute.

Leadership Development

Through NAWL committees, affiliations, and strategic partnerships. There are ample opportunities for members to advance their careers, develop and exercise leadership skills, and build relationships with other women leaders in the legal field.


via NAWL's Amicus Committee, which reviews requests for participation as amicus curiae in cases of interest to NAWL members. A sampling of recent issues includes enforcement of Title IX, employment discrimination, women's health, and domestic violence issues.

Community Outreach

through Nights of Giving. Throughout each year NAWL hosts a series of philanthropic networking events across the country to support organizations whose mission is to empower women and children.

Continued Learning

with the Women Lawyers Journal. This national publication provides a forum for the exchange of information and presentation of articles about women in the law and society.

Prudential Financial, Inc. 2022 1L Virtual Summer Internship Program

The National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) is pleased to partner with Prudential Financial, Inc. (Prudential) to provide a meaningful summer internship opportunity for a highly motivated first-year law student. Through this partnership, NAWL will select a student/s to join the 2022 summer law intern class at Prudential for a 10-week internship at Prudential’s New Jersey offices, for a stipend of approximately $12,000.

Internship Description

The summer internship will provide interns with the opportunity to work with attorneys who support the broad reach of Prudential’s businesses. Other features of the summer internship program include:

  • Paid attendance at the 2022 1L LCLD Scholars Virtual Summit, June 7-9, 2022
  • Participation in training programs presented by Prudential attorneys highlighting different areas of the business and the legal department
  • Pairing with an attorney who will serve as a manager during the program and will provide guidance on projects and other substantive work
  • Pairing with a mentor who will serve as an additional advisor on resume review
  • Interviewing skill development and mock interview practice
  • Networking both within Prudential and externally with law firms and regulatory groups
  • Presentation development and delivery
  • The opportunity to shadow attorneys on various projects
  • Opportunities to interview with selected local firms for potential 2L internships

The 1L summer internship will run for 10 weeks, from May 31 to August 5, 2022.  Summer interns will be paid a stipend of approximately $12,000, which shall accrue and be paid on a weekly basis.

Internship Requirements

Applicants must be members of NAWL. They need to be enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school and have successfully completed the first year of law school with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent). The applicant must be scheduled for graduation in spring 2024 (full-time students) or spring 2025 (part-time students).  The ideal applicant will have financial or business-related experience or interest.

Prudential does not provide visa sponsorship for this position. Successful candidates must possess the requisite US employment authorization to be eligible for consideration.

How To Apply

To apply, you must submit a cover letter, resume, a list of three references, and a copy of your transcript to NAWL Staff Member, Isabell Retamoza at

Please write “Prudential Internship” in the subject line of all correspondence.  All materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on February 1, 2022.  The finalist shall be selected and contacted by Prudential HR on or before March 5, 2022, regarding next steps in the application process.

Prudential and its affiliates are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers and are committed to diversity in our workforce.

Selma Moidel Smith Writing Competition

In 1943, Selma Moidel Smith was admitted to the California Bar and that same year joined the National Association of Women Lawyers. Since 1899, the mission of the National Association of Women Lawyers has been to provide leadership, a collective voice, and essential resources to advance women in the legal profession and advocate for the equality of women under the law. To serve NAWL's mission, Selma Moidel Smith chaired or served on more than 20 different committees. Selma Moidel Smith also authored the 'Centennial History of NAWL' in the 1999 Summer issue of the Women Lawyers Journal. As a testament to her service, in 1999, Selma was honored with NAWL's Lifetime of Service Award and in 2005, we created the Annual Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition to encourage and reward original law students' writing on issues concerning women and the law.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at an ABA-accredited law school during the 2022-2023 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the summer, fall, or spring semesters are eligible for submission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

The Rules for the Competition are as follows:


Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning, in their opinion, the most pressing issue related to advancing equality in the legal field. Topics can include but are not limited to: examining race, gender, sex, feminism, LGBTQIA+, pay equity, equal education, or employment opportunity in the legal profession, the Equal Rights Amendment, etc.


Essays must be double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font. All margins must be one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to The Bluebook – A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or that are not in the required format will not be read.


NAWL Women Lawyers Journal Editorial Board Members will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.


Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to NAWL Operations Coordinator, Devon Payne, at

Submission and Deadline

Entries are due the last Friday in August each year. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries must provide a cover page providing the author’s name, the title of the essay, school affiliation, email address, phone number, and permanent mailing address. Entries must be submitted via email as a Microsoft Word document to


The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in the 2022 Fall/Winter issue of the Women Lawyers Journal. Read the most recent winning paper, “Meritorious Diversity An Analysis of the Relationship Between Diversity in State Judiciaries and Judicial Selection Methods” written by Madelyn Cox-Guerra of the University of Minnesota School of Law here.

Outstanding Law Student Award

The National Association of Women Lawyers ("NAWL") accepts nominations each spring for the "NAWL Outstanding Law Student" Award from all ABA-accredited law schools.

Each year, we ask the faculty to identify a third-year law student who meets the below selection criteria. Upon approval by NAWL, the nominated student will be given a certificate of recognition and acknowledged in an issue of the Women Lawyers Journal.

We invite you to select one student nominee from your current graduating class who best exemplifies the following characteristics:

  • Contributes to the advancement of women in society
  • Promotes issues and concerns of women in the legal profession
  • Exhibits motivation, tenacity, and enthusiasm
  • Demonstrates high academic achievement
  • Earns your respect and that of your colleagues

Your nomination should include a brief letter outlining why the student merits selection and a copy of the student's resume. Nominations missing one or more of these components may not be considered.

The Awardees will be recognized in the Women Lawyers Journal and will receive complimentary registration to our Conferences for their graduating year. 

Nominations are due the first Friday in May. Nominations received after that date will not be entitled to the benefits associated with this award. Only one student per law school may be nominated. Multiple submissions will result in NAWL's arbitrary selection of one.

Please send your Outstanding Law Student nomination to Devon Payne,