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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Women Lag Behind Men at Large Law Firms

The National Association of Women Lawyers today released the results of its third annual National Survey on the Status of Women in Law Firms.  The report finds significant disparities between men and women in the number and compensation of partners in large law firms:

  • 48% of associates, 27% of non-equity partners, and 16% of equity partners, are women
  • At 99% of the firms, the highest-paid partner is a man
  • Women earn less than their male counterparts at the associate ($7,000), of-counsel ($14,000), nonequity partner ($23,000), and equity partner ($87,000) levels.

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I wonder if anyone does a study on women in firms smaller than the largest 200. My hypothesis would be that women fare better the smaller the practice is...

Posted by: S. McL | Nov 18, 2008 11:35:52 PM

These stats might reflect the fact that women and men have different priorities.

For instance, which of the two genders do you think is more likely to be a workaholic? Who is more likely to be accused of being "married to the job?"

It's a heck of a burden we men have to bear.

All kidding aside, I don't think you can look only at gender to determine the cause of these disparities (unless, of course you are trying to arrive at a predetermined conclusion).

Posted by: peter | Nov 19, 2008 6:30:36 AM