Alice Shih

Tips for incoming 1Ls: Speaking in Class and Getting to Know Professors

Five years ago, it was the summer before I started law school. I knew I was on the brink of a life-changing three years, and I wanted to be prepared. So I read blogs regarding work load, the Socratic method, legal writing, and more. But none of these articles prepared me for the change I saw in myself once I was in the law school classroom. I never had trouble speaking in class before law school or approaching professors, but all of a sudden, I felt like I knew so little and speaking in class became a real challenge for…

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Alice Shih

The Importance of Replicating the Yale Law Study on Gender

Over the course of the past few weeks, this series has examined the findings from Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. This study was the product of nearly two years of diligence by a board of 12 members and about 50 student volunteers. This study was not undertaken for academic credit. Rather, its authors felt compelled to understand the continuing gender disparity in positions of leadership in the government, judiciary, private sector, and in the legal academy. This Yale Law study is just one study. We urge students to replicate…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender: Recommendations

Over the course of the past few weeks, this series has examined the findings from Yale Law Women's study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. The study examined in-class and out-of-class dynamics, professors’ perspectives, and students’ perspectives. These findings beg the question, now what? The study is conscientious in recognizing that the disparity must be addressed holistically since neither students, professors, nor the law school administration is completely responsible for the disparity, nor does any one of these groups completely bear the burden of achieving a more equal representation among women and men. Therefore, the…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender: Student Perspective

 This is the fourth post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. This post focuses on the results of a 43 question web-based survey regarding gender dynamics at the law school. All current law students at Yale were invited to participate. The survey contained two types of questions. The first type asked students to quantify aspects of their law school experience on a numerical scale. The second type was open-ended, inviting students to use narrative responses to describe their experiences and impressions of gender patterns in…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study on Gender from the Professors’ Point of View

This is the third post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. The second post examined the results of classroom observation. Student volunteers interviewed 54 professors (out of 83 professors contacted). Fourteen were women professors and forty were men professors. Each professor spoke with a student one-on-one for an hour regarding his or her views on gender dynamics inside and outside of the classroom and beyond law school. The interviews revealed significant differences between women and men faculty. Below are the major findings based on the professor interviews. First, Yale professors…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law Study Insights on Classroom Dynamics

This is the second post in a series about Yale Law Women’s study, Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later. One of three major data collection methods was observing 113 class sessions in 21 Yale Law courses for three one-week periods in September, October, and November 2011. The study recorded the gender of the professor, gender of the speaker, whether it was an initial or subsequent participation, and the origin of the contribution (called on, volunteered, offered a question or comment without professor prompt, interrupted professor or classmate). A total of 2,934 participation events…

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Alice Shih

Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later

In 2002, Yale Law Women (YLW) published Yale Law School Faculty and Students Speak About Gender: A Report on Faculty-Student Relations at Yale Law School. Expanding on several earlier YLS studies of gender dynamics during the 1980s and 1990s, the report noted progress toward gender equality within the law school, identified areas for future improvement, and started a dialogue between faculty and students about these issues. In 2012, YLW launched Yale Law School Faculty & Students Speak Up About Gender: Ten Years Later, a follow-up report on how gender dynamics have changed at Yale Law School over the last decade.…

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Alice Shih

Northern Lights: One 3L’s Adventures in Overcoming Law School Doubts

Editors Note: This post was submitted by Alice Shih, a Ms. JD Fellow and 3L at Yale.  The Ms. JD Fellowship is the result of partnership between Ms. JD and the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession.  Fellows, who are rising 3Ls, are paired with an ABA Commissioner or Margaret Brent Award Winner as part of a year long mentorship.  Applications for next year's fellowship will be available in January.   As part of their fellowship, each Ms. JD fellow writes a post for the blog about an issue of importance to them.  Alice has been and active tutor and…

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