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‘Read what the law firms say’: gender and the representation of career success in the contemporary legal profession

The relationship between law and popular culture has been the subject of a considerable and growing literature and socio-legal research in this field has explored diverse aspects of law, legal regulation and legal practice.3 Within this work, particular attention has been paid to images of legal professionals in films, literature and television shows, as well as within the print media,

1 R. Lee, ‘A Finger on the Pulse’, Legal Week, Student Special, Spring 2004, p 16, my emphasis. 2 D. Chaney, Lifestyles, London: Routledge, 1996, p 37. 3 See, for example, S. Greenfield and S. Osborn (eds), Readings in Law and Popular Culture, London: Routledge, 2005; M. Thornton (ed), Romancing the Tomes: Popular Culture, Law and Feminism, London: Routledge-Cavendish, 2002; R. K. Sherwin (ed), Popular Culture and Law, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006; R. K. Sherwin, ‘Law in Popular Culture’ in A. Sarat (ed), Blackwell Companion to Law and Society, Oxford: OUP, 2004; W. P. MacNeil, Lex Populi: The Jurisprudence of Popular Culture, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2007; M. Freeman (ed), Law and Popular Culture, Oxford: OUP, 2005; R. K. Sherwin When Law Goes Pop: The Vanishing Line Between Law and Popular Culture, Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2000; A. Sarat and J. Simon (eds), Cultural Analysis, Cultural Studies and the Law, Durham: Duke University Press, 2003; P. W. Kahn, The Cultural Study of Law: Reconstructing Legal Scholarship, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999; A. Sarat and T. Kearns (eds), Law in the Domains of Culture, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2000; L. C. Bower, T. Goldberg and M. Musheno (eds), Between Law and Culture: Relocating Legal Studies, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.