From Supergirl to Invisible Woman: The Divide between Student Perception and Professional Reality in Corporate Legal Practice
Monash University - Faculty of Law
Jeannie Marie Paterson
Melbourne Law School
Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 35, No. 3, p. 138, 2010
Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2010/28
While increasing numbers of women are studying law, females remain under-represented in the senior ranks of the legal profession. One factor influencing the participation of women in corporate legal practice is the dominant conception of the legal professional as a person with a single-minded commitment to the firm. Many law schools properly promote participation in the legal profession as a reason for studying law. However, the full story should also involve a discussion with students about the range of possible work options available to them in the law, and a commitment to promoting a range of representations of 'legal practice' in the law school culture. In this way, concern with the inevitable progression of super girl to invisible woman may be replaced by a critical analysis of the very structure of legal practice.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 6
Keywords: supergirl, invisible woman, women, corporate legal practice, student perception, law firms, under-representation, gender, law schools
JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K31, K39, K40, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 19, 2011
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