Even with the legal world becoming more modern, law is still a traditionally male dominated field. This means that female attorneys may encounter some different challenges than their male coworkers. “Women-At-Law” by Phyllis Horn Epstein addresses a wide array of issues ranging from sexism to dating.
One of the aspects about this book that I found interesting was that it addressed some of the real world issues that women face being attorneys. Balancing work and family is a common issue with all attorneys, but this can be especially difficult for women. This book addresses difficulties women may face with pressure to start families, maternity leave, and feeling guilty about not spending more time with their children. Although these can be struggles for some women, the author does give some great ideas as to how women can create situations that will work for them and find a great balance between work life and family life. Options such as flexibility in your job can be a great help (for example, having your own firm or working from home) or working part time are suggested as just some of the steps women can take to find a better balance.
The book also discusses some more basic concepts about being a woman in the legal field such as how to dress, how to act in court, and various types of job opportunities. These chapters are widely applicable and reinforce much of the same advice and information that is taught during the 1L Bootcamp here at Mizzou. So, if you need a refresher this book is a great resource for you! Overall, the main message from the author is that although women in the legal field may face some of the same challenges, each person must find her own path and decide what will work best for her life in making career choices.