A Woman's Guide to Law School: Everything You Need to Know to Survive and Succeed in Law School--from Finding the Right School to Finding the Right Job

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Which law schools help their students succeed? What makes someone a successful law student? What determines a law school graduate's future success? A Woman's Guide to Law School provides the answers, while addressing, specifically, the needs and interests of the female student. Linda Hirshman's fresh approach gives women the advice they need—information the law schools often won't tell them. Why do admissions tests seem so scary? Which law schools are good for women—and which are not? How do successful students ...

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Overview

Which law schools help their students succeed? What makes someone a successful law student? What determines a law school graduate's future success? A Woman's Guide to Law School provides the answers, while addressing, specifically, the needs and interests of the female student. Linda Hirshman's fresh approach gives women the advice they need—information the law schools often won't tell them. Why do admissions tests seem so scary? Which law schools are good for women—and which are not? How do successful students study in the all-important first year? How do successful students make law review? How do they prepare for their first professional job interviews? In addition to these fundamentals, women will learn about the culture of their law schools, including which law faculties make women squirm and which have politics and policies women can embrace. A Woman's Guide to Law School identifies the schools at which women can do their best at every level of status or selectivity, so no matter where you get in, you can pick the best place for you. With statistics and data—as well as stories of successful women law students—A Woman's Guide to Law School will empower women so they can make wise choices and seize control over their own education and careers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140264371
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 859,200
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda R. Hirshman is retired from her position as the Allen/Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Brandeis University, where she taught courses on Western political philosophy and the regulation of sex and violence. She is the author of Hard Bargains: The Politics of Sex and A Woman's Guide to Law School. Hirshman also taught and practiced law in Chicago for many years, including three cases before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Hirshman's article "Homeward Bound," on why women are trapped in the domestic world and how to get out, appeared in the December 2005 American Prospect. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, and Good Morning America , speaking on the subject of women quitting their jobs to stay home. She is, proudly, number 77 in Bernard Goldberg's 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1. Why a Woman's Guide to Law School?
2. What Law Schools Where Women Succeed Are Like
3. You Go, Girl: A Winning Application
4. How to Pick a Compatible Law School
5. The Femscore: How to Pick a Law School Where Women Succeed
6. The Dreaded First Year
7. Studying for Class and Taking Exams
8. Making Law Review
9. Compared to Law School, Life is Easy: How to Succeed at Firm Job Interviews
10. You Can Succeed in Law School
Appendix
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2003

    Horrible!

    I only got through the first few chapters of the book before I was so OFFENDED I had to stop. The author clearly believes she is speaking to an immature and unintelligent audience. This is what cinched it for me:"At lower status law schools, the students of both genders are often the first generation of their families to get a higher education, and even a modest middle-class life seems good to them" (14). Why beat up your readers, Hirshman? I happen to be a first generation law student who is very displeased with the attitude of the book. I do not reccomend this for anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    So- so guide

    The only good thing about this book is the female friendly rankings of the law schools. The tips for applications are pretty weak and the book seems to talk about the same thing over and over again, the political atmosphere of the schools. I would like to know a little more about the schools than just the politics. I don't really recommend this book and I was definitely disappointed with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2000

    Every woman considering law school should read this!

    The author makes some very good points and observations about women in law that I had not considered. She also has a female friendly rating for alot of law schools that she calculated based on factors such as number of female students and faculty, and number of females students on the law review. This book also has excepts from interviews with female students at various law schools that really gave me food for thought in choosing where to apply. I would recommend this book to every woman considering law school.

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