September 20, 2005
Stay-at-Home Lawyers
Posted by Gordon Smith

From the NYT:

Cynthia Liu is precisely the kind of high achiever Yale wants: smart (1510 SAT), disciplined (4.0 grade point average), competitive (finalist in Texas oratory competition), musical (pianist), athletic (runner) and altruistic (hospital volunteer). And at the start of her sophomore year at Yale, Ms. Liu is full of ambition, planning to go to law school.

The article is striking in many ways, but I was surprised by the number of women interviewed who were planning to combine family with a career in law. I count five.

Is this just sample bias? Or does law -- which has been cultivating a reputation for job dissatisfaction -- hold some special appeal for women who aspire to have a career and a family?

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