The masculine mystique: Living large from law school to later life

John L Hagan*, Fiona M. Kay

*Corresponding author for this work

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The careers of male lawyers are radically altered by their experiences in the formation of families. These understudied male experiences fuel income differences, creating a highly hierarchical profession focused around a male mystique of "living large." This study traces these processes across a 20-year longitudinal study of Toronto lawyers. We argue that time with corporate clients is a very specialized investment that is rewarded with partnership and earnings and that, among men, bears an unexpectedly unique relationship to having children, and that this specialized investment and its relationship to family are more culturally driven than biologically derived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-226
Number of pages32
JournalCanadian journal of law and society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Corporate clients
  • Earnings
  • Families
  • Human capital
  • Legal profession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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