Topic: female lawyers

How Young Women Are Succeeding In BigLaw

How Young Women Are Succeeding In BigLaw

Contrary to what Legally Blonde (the movie, not the musical, because I’m an adult) taught me, female lawyers don’t wake up to the joyful strains of Hoku every morning. They rarely have to fake their own deaths; and hallucinating a dancing, half-naked baby? Not the norm! In fact, the general consensus is that being a female lawyer is a pretty miserablethankless existence, especially when said lawyer works in a large firm. More »

You Have To Earn The Right To Wear Big Jewelry In Your Career

You Have To Earn The Right To Wear Big Jewelry In Your Career

A woman who works in finance recently wrote into the Careerist blog noting that at a recent event for women at Barclays she noticed that a dominating trend amongst executive women were large South Sea pearls (the size of gum balls), both black and white. She asked if the size of your pearls need to reflect your job status? After talking with some experts, we have decided that women need to earn the right to wear the big, expensive jewelry at work. If they do it too soon in their careers, they can hurt themselves.
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In Honor Of Her Birthday, 10 Facts About Hillary Clinton That Will Blow Your Mind

In Honor Of Her Birthday, 10 Facts About Hillary Clinton That Will Blow Your Mind

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned 65 today. We can spend a few hundred words talking about her accomplishments as a lawyer, politician and mother, including her degree from Harvard Law School, the fact that she was the first female partner in her Arkansas law firm, or the fact that she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2005, but that’s been done. Instead, we are giving you ten of the most unusual facts we found about her. Happy Birthday, Hillary! More »

In Honor Of The Emmy’s, 10 Female TV Characters Who Broke Barriers

In Honor Of The Emmy's, 10 Female TV Characters Who Broke Barriers

Whether they were making us laugh by stomping grapes, giving us advice on our sex lives in a weekly column, or making history by choosing to come out of the closet, there are certain female characters on television that have inspired countless women, and broke the barrier when it came to what a traditional woman on television should be. So, in honor of great women everywhere, and in honor of the Emmy Awards airing this Sunday, here is a list of 10 female characters who broke new ground in television history.
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The 10 Highest Lawyer Salaries From Around The World

The 10 Highest Lawyer Salaries From Around The World

If you can actually get a job practicing law in this country, despite the very tough job market, you should be happy. And if you went into this field hoping to make a decent buck, then…well a few years ago law may have been the ticket, but now it is more of a question mark. At least in this country, attorney salaries are more of a question mark. If you wanted to practice law in China though you would be making at least $100,000 more than in the U.S., according to a new infographic from LLM Info. More »

Are Female Doctors The New Female Lawyers On Television?

Are Female Doctors The New Female Lawyers On Television?

There is a whole slew of new fall shows featuring professional working women coming to the airwaves in the next few weeks, but we noticed a lot of them have medical degrees. In years past it seemed that female lawyers ruled the TV (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, Law & Order, The Practice, Family Law, The Good Wife, Harry’s Law, Blue Bloods, Fairly Legal, Suits) but now the doctors are making a comeback. There are three TV shows coming to three different networks this fall that center on young, single, female doctors: Mob Doctor (FOX), Emily Owens M.D. (CW) and The Mindy Project (FOX.) Plus on the new Sherlock Holmes reboot, Elementary, Lucy Liu plays Dr. Joan Watson. They are all very different but it is interesting that they are coming now. Why the focus on doctors now? More »

Second-Year Law School Students Are Already Killing Themselves To Get Jobs

Second-Year Law School Students Are Already Killing Themselves To Get Jobs

Law school students have just returned to the classroom but they are already thinking about next summer. Well, next summer jobs that is. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, profitable law firms, known as Biglaw firms, are increasingly recruiting junior lawyers two years before their hire date. So firms interview second-year law students now for summer jobs starting in May or June 2013. Students who do well are offered permanent jobs after they graduate, in 2014. But as we know the job market for lawyers is just getting tougher and tougher so 2Ls are fighting harder and harder to get these summer jobs that may help them after graduation. More »

9 Career Women To Watch This Fall On TV

9 Career Women To Watch This Fall On TV

We saw some great career women on TV this summer but we are so ready for fall! We can’t wait to see some of our favorite characters return like Alicia Floorick of The Good Wife and all those cry baby surgeons on Grey’s Anatomy but there are also a slew of new professional ladies commuting to our screens this fall. Let’s check out a few of them. More »

10 Catty Stereotypes Women Assume About Other Womens’ Careers

10 Catty Stereotypes Women Assume About Other Womens' Careers

It is very natural to make snap judgements about people. We do it based on people’s looks, their clothes, their shoes, their cars and when they answer that question, “What do you do?” Once we hear that answer, we immediately conjure up an image in our head of why they went into that career. Even if we know these assumptions are just the result of cultural stereotypes we still can’t help but think them. Teacher? Old-fashioned. Finance? Type A greedy woman who doesn’t mind being sexually harassed all day. Freelance writer? Just say unemployed, honey. One manager at a Fortune 500 company in the mid-Atlantic region told The Fashion Spot, “Women are more critical of other women. They are also vindictive,” she said. “Stick to the issue, not the behaviors. Take diversity into consideration. Take time to network, if you’re good at your profession and confident, other women judging you shouldn’t matter.” We decided to take a look at some jobs that tend to be more female dominated and say what the most common assumptions were. More »

Is There Tension Between Paralegal Lifers And Future Lawyers?

Is There Tension Between Paralegal Lifers And Future Lawyers?

It is a pretty good time to be a paralegal. The U.S. Department of Labor forecasts 28% growth in the paralegal industry over the next decade while the plight of lawyers continues to get worse and worse. According to a job description from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, modern-day paralegals can do almost anything lawyers can do, except setting legal fees, presenting cases in court and giving legal advice. Paralegals are no longer legal secretaries. That term has truly become obsolete. But though career wise more opportunities are opening up for paralegals, there is a secret battle occurring between people who have chosen being a paralegal as their profession and those who look at the job as merely a stepping stone on their way to becoming a full fledged lawyer. The way they approach and do their work is different as is their relationships with the lawyers they work with everyday. We decided to talk to some paralegals and lawyers about this battle that makes for a rather tense work environment. More »