A century ago, Portia Law School opened its doors in Boston as a
women-only law school to help fulfill an unmet need — women were simply
not accepted into law school.
Eventually, women would be seated next to male students, and are now
enrolled in nearly equal numbers. After that initial struggle for
acceptance, women are now being hired by large law firms at rates
roughly equal to that of men.
Portia — now New England Law Boston — started celebrating its 100th
anniversary in 2008 in grand fashion, including appearances by the only
two women to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justices Sandra Day
O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The celebration was a proud
acknowledgment of the school’s longevity and its continuing success. It
was also, in many ways, a memorial to the passing of a distant era.