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The plight of Law’s Supergirl

In Barristers, Career, Education, higher education, Judiciary, law, law students, legal education, Solicitors, women on March 23, 2011 at 5:59 pm

From Supergirl to Invisible Woman: The divide between student perception and professional reality in corporate legal practice by Melissa Castan and Jeannie Paterson in the Alternative Law Journal 2010

Young women are prominent and successful at Australian law schools, yet women remain under-represented in the senior echelons of the legal profession. In this article the authors examine factors affecting the attrition of young women lawyers from corporate legal practice, and make suggestions regarding the responsibilities of law firms and law schools to address this issue… (Long version here).


  1. I left private practice a decade ago after tiring of the boy’s club culture and the lack of life/work balance. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like things have improved much in the last 10 years!

  2. It would be interesting to interview some mid-career female solicitors and find out their perceptions of their career prospects & plans. I wonder if the LIV would be interested?

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