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Survey Non-Shocker: Part-Timers Mostly Women

Just under 6 percent of U.S. attorneys work part time, but three quarters of those who do are women. That news is unlikely to startle anyone, but it is the finding of a new study compiled by the National Association for Law Placement and reported today by The National Law Journal.

According to figures compiled by the National Association for Law Placement, 5.6% of U.S. attorneys work part-time, and about 74% of them are women. That represents only a slight increase from the previous year, when 5.4% of attorneys worked part-time and 75% were women. ...

Part-time attorneys are more common among the associate ranks nationwide, with 4.9% working less than a full-time schedule. By contrast, only 3.2% of partners work part-time, according to the NALP survey. Women constitute 90% of part-time associates and nearly 70% of part-time partners. Close to 20% of staff attorneys and of counsel currently work part-time.

Lawyers remain reluctant to take advantage of part-time opportunities, suggests NALP Executive Director James Leipold, possibly because they fear it will stall their careers. Still, the number of attorneys working part-time has grown since NALP began tracking the numbers in 1994, from 2.4 percent then to this year's 5.6 percent. Over the same period, the number of law offices that say they permit part-time work has has also grown, from 86 percent then to 98 percent now.

The numbers of part-time lawyers skew geographically, the report indicates. San Francisco, San Diego and Portland, Ore., have the highest percentage of part-time partners, ranging from 6 to 7 percent, while New York is lowest at 1.9 percent.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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