BigLaw practice areas with highest compensation had lowest percentages of women, study says

Source: ABA Journal

By Deborah Cassens Weiss, ABA Journal

Women in the nation’s top 200 law firms are well-represented in niche practice areas. But the percentage of females is lower in practice areas that pay the most, according to a recent study.

The “middling percentage” of women in high-earning practice areas effectively means that women earn less as a group, according to the study, available here, by ALM Legal Intelligence. Law.com (sub. req.) has a summary of the findings.

Jacquelyn Knight, a legal recruiter at Major, Lindsey & Africa in New York, told Law.com that women might be opting for niche practices because they think they will have more flexibility in their hours.

 

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