Still Not Behaving Like Gentlemen

Academic Article


  • The author reflects upon the genesis of a law school project with Lani Guinier that ultimately resulted in the publication of a law review article entitled Becoming Gentlemen: Women's Experiences at One Ivy League Law School, and later a book, Becoming Gentlemen: Women, Law School, and Institutional Change. I discuss an apparent dearth of positive, substantive changes in legal education over the past eleven years, noting that women apparently continue to receive lower grades and fewer honors related to grades in top law schools. I also consider reactions to Becoming Gentlemen, and observe that to the extent it got everyone's attention, the role that Becoming Gentlemen played in exposing a concrete and quantifiable gender-linked accomplishment gap was useful and worthwhile. However, narrative based "soft data" are also important and may do a better job than the numbers of isolating specific causes of, and suggesting effective cures for, the gender gap.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 2001
  • Published In


  • gender
  • law school
  • legal education
  • performance gap
  • women
  • Start Page

  • 809
  • End Page

  • 845
  • Issue

  • May