The American Bar Association has expressed concern about the legal community’s failure to prepare law students for what their life will be like once they enter into the profession. For example, more than a decade ago, a report of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession noted that: '[T]he very institutions which should be preparing students for practice are contributing to the wide-ranging dissatisfaction within the profession.'
Subsequently, the Commission published two additional reports focusing on women in legal education which recommended that law schools both undertake gender studies and create committees to address gender issues. Yet, when the Diversity Committee of the American Bar Association polled law schools to determine whether they had taken steps to implement the recommendations of these reports, only 11 of the 177 law school respondents had undertaken gender studies. Similarly, only 10 of the 177 respondents created an ad hoc or a standing committee on gender.
Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women's Success in the Law, Lauren Stiller Rikleen