A study of the career histories of female barristers in Ireland from 1983 to 2003.

Hegarty, Martina (2003) A study of the career histories of female barristers in Ireland from 1983 to 2003. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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The career progression of women in the workplace is an ongoing discussion. Female barristers are therefore no exception to this. Many factors affect the career advancement of women barristers including; domestic responsibilities, connections and networks.

The basis of this dissertation is centred on the fact that social networks act as a barrier to female banisters practising at the Bar. This is largely due to the fact that women are kept out of informal networks which determines who, within the profession, acquires resources, information and in due course opportunities (Meyerson and Fletcher 2000). Not many women experience these forms of social networks (Meyerson and Fletcher 2000).

This has been confirmed throughout the research process, consisting of interviews with six female barristers and also an experience of 'shadowing'. Interviewees agreed that most women do not participate in networking, either deliberately or unconsciously. As networking has been shown to create employment prospects, particularly for those who are self-employed like barristers, the fact that women are rarely involved in this type of career promotion consequentially results in them missing out on professional openings.

The issue of informal networks and whether they hinder or help the career paths of female barristers will be examined throughout the evolution of this study.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Classes of Labour > Women and Work
K Law > K Law (General) > The Legal Profession
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2014 13:36

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