Gender, Legal Education and the Legal Profession:  An Empirical Study of Stanford Law Students and Graduates


Even after law schools began admitting women, the law school environment often remained inhospitable. ... However, the graduate population of 5,771 members was 14.7 percent female and 85.3 percent male. ... We can also interpret this observed gender difference in terms of Gilligan's theory. ... Female students (M = 2.35) were more likely than were male students (M = 1.39) to report that they cried during law school, t(340) = -12.76, p<.001. Similarly, female graduates (M = 2.33) were also more likely than were male graduates (M 1.27) to report that they cried during law school, t(877) = -23.61, p<.001. ... Male graduates (M = 3.48), but not male students, were more likely than their female peers (M = 3.20) to say that they drank alcohol frequently during law school, t(878) = 4.05, p<.001. ... 5 At least once a day ... Occasionally, however, a person writes a will that would have socially undesirable consequences; for example, a will might leave everything to a person's cat, while an invalid spouse is left on welfare.
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