A Resource for Women Law Students

Women Law Students Will Benefit from the Best Friends at the Bar books


Law students who take the time to plan for the futures they want have much better chances of reaching their goals. Best Friends at the Bar is a tremendous resource for women law students and provides a roadmap for making good choices about issues that will affect their careers for years to come. Knowing what questions to ask themselves and their advisors will help women law students make better decisions during their time in school and set themselves up for successful careers.

Amy is in law school focusing on decisions about her concentration, practice setting, and the “rules of engagement” at law internships and clerkships.

She has a million questions and is grateful that her career counselor suggested reading Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law. Thankfully, the book helped Amy identify realistic goals and then choose a practice specialty and setting that would help her achieve those goals.

Amy has friends who graduated ahead of her, and she knows the issues that they faced in starting off on the right foot at their first legal jobs and struggling to find satisfying and successful careers. Amy knows that she could run into many potential pitfalls in a male-dominated profession like the law, but the insights and advice in the book gave her a huge leg up and she learned a lot from women who also struggled and succeeded.

Best Friends at the Bar gave Amy just the help she needed to avoid problems and tripping over herself in those all-important first opportunities. The career advice and lessons for women in the book are essential, and it is much more comfortable to learn from Susan and her contributors than from a partner in a law firm or another superior in the workplace!

As Amy’s career advances, she also will want to read Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer to help her with the work-life struggle that she is likely to encounter in a demanding profession like the law.  She will benefit from profiles of women lawyers who transitioned from one practice setting to another to safeguard their careers and respond to demands in their personal lives—and so much more.

Susan Smith Blakely has mentored young women in the law throughout her career and is happy to speak at your school and meet with individuals or groups of law students to offer personalized law career counseling. If you or someone you know would benefit from guidance on successful approaches to law school and preparing for a career as a legal professional, contact Susan to set up an appointment.


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