Inequality in Legal Education and the Legal Profession

Jennifer Christian

Unlike many other nations, the United States appears, at first glance, to have an exceptionally open educational system, both women and minorities are earning a multitude of advice degrees across a myriad of disciplines including law degrees. Due to this influx of new scholars, we would expect to see changing demographics within the legal progress. However, after careful consideration of the literature in this area much has yet to be learned. Many scholars have followed the lives of women as they navigate their new careers, mainly focusing on elite law schools or large goal communities. Yet little attention has been given to smaller legal communities where class ranking and networks may influence job placement and success more specifically. Finally, previous research has yet to explain the impact such limited options could play in exacerbating social inequality within the discipline.

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