Law: The New Women in Court

Five of the best and the brightest in a changing profession

In 1869 an lowan named Arabella Mansfield became the first woman to be admitted to the bar in this country. No one could accuse her of starting a trend; as recently as 1960, perhaps 3% of the nation's lawyers were female. Then in the 1970s the bars to the bar began to fall. Today 12% to 14% of the more than 600,000 lawyers practicing in the U.S. are women, and they make up more than one-third of the current enrollment at law schools.

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