Katie Barkley (JD ’17)

Photo of Faculty Emeritus Rhoda Billings ('66)

No longer a minority, Wake Forest Law’s long history of strong women leaders influence current students

In 1966, Rhoda Billings graduated first in her class from Wake Forest University School of Law. She was the only woman.

The year Billings enrolled in law school — 1963 — was also the year the American Bar Association (ABA) first began recording data on gender and law school enrollment. Fifty years after Billing’s graduation, women make up the majority of students enrolled at ABA-accredited law schools.

But Billings (JD ’66) is just one remarkable woman in a long line of strong women leaders at Wake Forest Law.

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Photo of Wake Forest Law student Katie Barkley (JD '17) posing in front of the Worrell Professional Center.

Student Profile – Katie Barkley (JD ’17)

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Undergraduate education: Psychology major and sociology and history minors at the University of San Francisco, Class of 2011

Why I chose Wake Forest Law: I really just went with my gut. I felt a positive vibe when I came to visit the school. I was also awarded a great scholarship that allowed me to choose Wake Forest.

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