Alison Monahan

  • Alison has a JD from Columbia Law School and holds a master's degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • She worked as a web application developer in San Francisco before deciding to go to law school.
  • At Columbia Law School, she was a member of the Columbia Law Review, a Kent and Stone Scholar, and a Teaching Assistant for Civil Procedure.
  • Founded of The Girl's Guide to Law School in 2011.


Alison Monahan wrote about legal careers for The Balance for two years. A graduate of Columbia Law School, she founded The Girl's Guide to Law School after leaving the Quinn Emanuel law firm in 2010.  Her experience also includes clerking for the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts.

She also started Trebuchet Legal, a careers site for law students, and Bar Exam Toolbox, which has resources to prepare for the bar exam. 


Alison has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a Masters in Architecture from the University of California, Berkley, and a J.D. in Law from Columbia Law School. 

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