Even before she received her Toledo Law juris doctor degree on May 6, 2017, Maysaa Ouza ’17 had made legal history. Just before graduation, she was selected as a new U.S. Air Force JAG Corps attorney – but with the distinction of being the first Muslim hijabi selected for this role.
Ouza’s family was influential in her decision to pursue a career with the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps. Her parents immigrated to the United States, affording Ouza and her siblings opportunities and privileges they might not have received elsewhere. They strongly encouraged her to consider the military as a career.
She also credits her Toledo Law professors and the Office of Professional Development with helping her learn about careers with the various JAG Corps and navigating the very competitive application process. She believes that she was the first hijabi applicant to even apply for the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps. “Many people that look like me fear rejection, and thus will not apply for jobs like this,” said Ouza. “I want to break those barriers.”
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