About Megan Canty

Megan is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Megan is the Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School and previously served as the Associate Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

She regularly presents at conferences on legal education, and her academic scholarship has been published in national and international law journals.

Megan is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and has taught yoga to law school faculty, staff, and students.

Gender Bias: What Female Law Students Should Know

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Please welcome Megan Canty, Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School and tutor at the Law School Toolbox, to talk about some of the challenges facing women in the legal profession, and ways to overcome them.

It’s no secret that women have made incredible strides in the legal profession over the past several decades. The first female lawyer in California was ridiculed by her opposing counsel, who told the jury that she could not “be expected to reason” and that “God Almighty decreed her limitations.” Luckily for you, you’re highly unlikely to face such blatant discrimination in your professional life. (If you do, you could get a large settlement or verdict from the offending party and retire to the Caribbean!)

The most recent statistics from the ABA’s Commission on Women in the Profession shows that women make up 51.3% of JD students, and that 36% of all lawyers are women. However, women have not advanced to positions of power in the legal profession at nearly the same rate as men. [Read more…]