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Jun. 19, 2024

Why experienced women are leaving law firms and how firms can prevent their exit

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Women lawyers report feeling unsupported in their career paths, facing implicit biases that affect their promotion and compensation, and lacking flexibility or facing stigma for taking advantage of part-time or remote work policies.

Heather L. Vanderpool

Of Counsel, Hahn & Hahn LLP

More and more women are being drawn to a career in law. Since 2016, women have outnumbered men as incoming first year students in law schools. Women have also made up nearly half of law firm associates since 2003, and as of 2023, female associates outnumber male associates in law firms. But, when attorneys reach partner or counsel level, women are substantially underrepresented: only 27.76% of law firm partners and 37.25% of counsel attorneys are women. The numbers...

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