Women in Law Wednesday

So I’ve been working for a Judge this semester, a female Judge with an all female staff.  There are two externs: myself and another 2L John. The two of us are basically competing for a clerkship here as this Judge only hires from her extern pool.  And I have the feeling that I lost that clerkship opportunity even before I began working here.  Why?  John is nice to look at.  Seriously.

So while I continue to get a great deal of criticism over my hard work (work that I receive no guidance on whatsoever) all I hear about is how funny John is.

And then there is the part about John having worked as a paralegal for years before law school, so again I feel like I am at the bottom.  That I would be considered the “scraping the bottom of the barrel” if hired.

This whole experience actually made me want to extern for men so that I could bank off my sexuality.  And then I got mad at myself for thinking that.  I’m beginning to dislike the “hiring” world.  I’m beginning to hate the fact that being a woman complicates everything.


One Response

  1. 😦 I’m sorry. That bites. I agree, being a girl complicates a lot of things. I have 7 female attorneys and 3 male where I work, and my supervisor is a man…if I’m honest about it, I think that being a girl has actually given me the advantage over my co-student worker who’s a guy…

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