Washington Leadership Institute (WLI)
How to Become a WLI Fellow
- Attend the eight professional development sessions which run January through
August. 100% attendance and participation is required of all Fellows.
- Participate in the cohort’s community service project. See Curriculum
- Make a two-year commitment to the program. Following the completion of
the first year, Fellows commit to one year of participation in the Washington
State Bar Association or other law-related organization in some capacity, be it
on a WSBA section or committee, as a participant in a bar or community-related
- Active WSBA member.
- Admitted to practice
law in a U.S. jurisdiction for at least 3 years and not more than 10 years.
(Eligibility based on date of admission: January 1, 2003, to January 1, 2010).
- Nominated by his/her employer, or if self-employed, by a lawyer with at least 10
years of practice or a judge.
- Application materials are linked here.
The WSBA Leadership Institute curriculum consists of three
- Sessions: The program is composed of eight educational sessions
which run from January through August. Sessions vary in length from one to two
- Community Service Project: Each class develops and executes a community
service project. Click here for examples of past community service projects.
- Service: Upon completion of the program, each Fellow commits to one year of
participation in the Washington State Bar Association or other law-related
organization in some capacity, be it on a WSBA section or committee, or as a
participant in a bar or community-related activity.