Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers.
Women began to train for the profession of law in the late 1860s. A few law schools admitted women, but most of these pioneers educated themselves in the same manner as men: They apprenticed with fathers, uncles or trusted friends who were attorneys.
Most of these early female lawyers practiced alone or in small firms. But that was not all that they did.
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