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Title: Even Harvard Law School Lawyers Face Gender Based Obstacles and Varied Career Trajectories


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  • Even Harvard Law School Lawyers Face Gender Based
    Obstacles and Varied Career Trajectories

Summary A recent report released by Harvard Law
School shows that its graduates continue to face
various obstacles in their careers.
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  • It's been over fifty years since Harvard Law
    School admitted female students and the school
    just issued a report examining how HLS's female
    graduates are faring in the workplace. The report
    confirms that a fancy law degree is no free pass
    when it comes to gender related obstacles in the
    legal profession. The report surveyed female and
    male HLS alums from the classes of 1975, 1985,
    1995 and 2000.Though primarily focused on gender
    disparities, the report also provides interesting
    insight into the career trajectories of HLS alums
    of both genders. Most striking, the study found
    that over one-fourth (28) of graduates surveyed
    are no longer practicing law at all. Gender
    Issues The 70-page report concludes "Even women
    who start their careers with the benefit of an
    educational credential traditionally thought to
    be an important hedge against adversity
    nevertheless continue to encounter greater
    obstacles than their male classmates-particularly
    when they attempt to integrate family obligations
    with professional goals." One area of disparity
    is in full-time versus part-time work. For the
    class of 2000, for example, 98.9 of men and
    97.7 of women worked full-time in their first
    post-graduation job. But ten years later, zero
    percent of the men worked part-time as compared
    to 13 of women. Of the women, 12 had left the
    paid labor force altogether.

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  • The disparity (and inequity) doesn't stop there.
    Among full-time law firm employees, women
    reported working an average of four hours a week
    more than men. Meanwhile, fewer women reported
    holding top management positions. Moreover,
    although starting salaries were generally equal
    (except for the 2000 class, in which men came in
    at 115,000 and women 85,000), the economic
    disparity between the genders increased over
    time, perhaps because more men than women
    migrated to high-paying non-law jobs in
    businesses like investment banks and hedge
    funds. As far as the lawyers' personal lives go,
    the women were less likely to be married than
    men, and 93.6 of male law firm partners were
    married as compared with 66.4 of female
    partners. When it came to having children, women
    more than men reported adverse consequences such
    as having to leave a job, experiencing a delay in
    promotion, having their commitment to work
    questioned and even losing office space.
  • Mobility and Flexibility Beyond "gender issues,"
    the Harvard report provides other insights into
    today's legal professionals. The trend appears to
    be towards greater mobility within law sectors
    and among professions generally.

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  • Most HLS graduates surveyed began their careers
    at law firms, but many transitioned to public
    sector jobs or to business sector jobs, either
    working in a non-legal capacity or as in-house
    counsel. Moreover, the 1975 graduates had on
    average 3.2 employers over a 40-year career,
    while the 2000 graduates already had an average
    of 2.7 employers during their much shorter
    10-year careers.(Similarly, an American Bar
    Foundation study that looked at young lawyers
    across the country from all different law schools
    found that in a 12-year career many attorneys
    already had as many as four different jobs.) As
    far as why so many HLS lawyers left the law, the
    reasons range from a failure to find the work
    interesting to being dissatisfied with the
    work/life balance to just being pulled in another
    direction. But even those HLS grads who followed
    other paths expressed appreciation for their
    education. Over 80 reported they would still
    obtain a law degree if they had to do it over
    again.
  • Conclusions
  • Female lawyers continue to face gender and
    "work/life" challenges, regardless where they
    went to law school. And just as more women are
    moving out of law or into alternative law tracks
    than men.

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  • Today's lawyers of both genders appear to be
    moving around more. Whatever the impetus, the
    trend is toward alternatives, mobility and
    flexibility. And if the HLS lawyers are any
    indication, one very bright light at the end of
    the tunnel is lawyers continue to value their law
    degree, however they use it, and whatever
    compromises they make in doing so.
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    Face Gender Based Obstacles and Varied Career
    Trajectories first appeared on  LawCrossing is
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