Women Lawyers in the Urban Bar

Posted: 22 Apr 2005


Through a series of oral histories transcribed from interviews with women who entered urban law schools in the 1920's and 1930's, the author examines the pattern of gaining access to the profession exhibited by the majority of early female entrants into the legal profession. Thus, the focal point is not on the few upper-class female lawyers at traditional university law schools, but on working class women in the cities, many of whom attended law school part-time. A number of the students fitting this pattern attended the law school at which the author now teaches, which was then called Portia Law School. The author published a book on the same topic in 1985: "Unequal Access: Women Lawyers in a Changing America (Bergin & Garvey)". The transcripts for the interviews conducted by author and his assistants are on file at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University.

Suggested Citation

Chester, Ronald, Women Lawyers in the Urban Bar. New England Law Review, Vol. 18, No. 521, 1983. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=709067

Ronald Chester (Contact Author)

New England Law | Boston ( email )

154 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
United States
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617-422-7453 (Fax)

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