For the past ten years women have attended law schools in numbers almost equal ot men. Many women receive high grades, make law review, and go on to be partners at law firms across the nation. The achievements of women in law school and the achievements of women lawyers are no longer noteworthy as "firsts" for their gender. Still, many women find themselves less than satisfied with their experiences in law school and still feel held back as lawyers.
Question: To what extent do the forms of communication dominant in law school--especially, the stress on arguing--contribute to women's difficulties?
Question: What forms of communication do lawyers really use? How "realistic" is law school?
Question: What else might be contributing to women's problems?
Question: What if anything should law schools and the legal profession be doing differently?
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