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Gender Trials: Emotional Lives in Contemporary Law Firms

Jennifer Pierce


This ethnography examines the gendered nature of today's large corporate law firms. Although increasing numbers of women have become lawyers in the past decade, this book discovers that the double standards and sexist attitudes of legal bureaucracies are a continuing problem for women lawyers and paralegals. Working as a paralegal, ethnographic research was carried out in two law offices, its depiction of the legal world is quite unlike the glamorized version seen on television. The book portrays the dilemma that female attorneys face: A woman using tough, aggressive tactics—the ideal combativ ... More

Keywords: law firms, women, lawyers, sexism, legal bureaucracies, women lawyers, attorneys, paralegals, gendered division, status quo

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780520201071
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520201071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Pierce, author