3rd Best Job for Women? A Lawyer

by Angela N. Johnson

Knowing that like many other jobs, women lawyers earn just 75% of their male counterparts’ salaries, it came as a surprise that Forbes Magazine chose the job of “Lawyer” as the 3rd best for women. According to the article, just 37% of working lawyers in the profession are women. Obviously, it will take years for the demographics of law students to mirror the demographics of working lawyers. But 37% still seems quite low since women comprised just 37% of law students in the 1982-1983 school year and have increased in proportion since then. The 1992-1993 school year has been the only year that women comprised a slight majority of law students, at 50.4% nationwide – but has since decreased, down to 46.9% in the 2007-2008 school year.


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