A Resource for Young Women Lawyers

Young Women Lawyers Will Benefit from Career Advice in the Best Friends at the Bar books


Recent law school graduates face challenging transitions, significant uncertainty starting out in their careers, and pressure to create fulfilling lives and careers that will sustain them for years to come.  The Best Friends at the Bar books address work-life challenges, professional expectations, and savvy approaches to careers in the law by sharing wisdom and insights from a wide range of women in the law. It’s an amazing gift for the young woman in practice. Do you know anyone like Lisa?

Lisa is a recent law school graduate starting off in a practice and she’s facing difficult decisions about work-life balance and her future.

Happily, her mentor heard about a great resource, Best Friends at the Bar: What Women Need to Know about a Career in the Law, and suggested she read the book. It was written specifically for young women lawyers like Lisa, and provides the career advice she needs to navigate a demanding and complicated profession.  Lisa also will enjoy Best Friends at the Bar:  The New Balance for Today’s Woman Lawyer as her career advances and she starts feeling the pressure of balancing her professional life with her personal life.

Planning a career is hard, and many women professionals struggle to overcome the burden of work-life balance—especially in a demanding field like the law. Thanks to the books, Lisa is learning how to chart her own course, make better and more appropriate choices, define her own success, and manage her expectations. What a relief for Lisa to know that there doesn’t have to be a right answer for everyone, just a right answer for her.

Reading other women’s reactions and responses to the “Having It All” debate meant so much—and made it easier to come up with better work-life balance options for Lisa and her family.

In the  Best Friends at the Bar books, more than 60 seasoned women lawyers and judges share their stories to help Lisa and women like her avoid mistakes of the past. Whenever the topic of a career in law comes up now, Lisa tells her friends that they can’t afford to miss this “women helping women” message about success and work-life balance.

Susan Smith Blakely has mentored young women in the law for throughout her career and is happy to meet with groups of students or recent law school graduates to offer personalized law career counseling. If you or someone you know would benefit from learning more about work-life balance as a legal professional, contact Susan to set up an appointment.


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