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Few Women Lead Law Journals at Top Schools

Posted Oct 22, 2012 3:23 PM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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Only 31 percent of ABA-accredited law schools have female students as law review editors-in-chief, according to a recent data. The number drops to 29 percent at U.S. News & World Report top 50 law schools.

The data was gathered by New York Law School, the National Law Journal reports, and Ms. JD, a nonprofit group. The Law Review Diversity Report (PDF) also found that 43 percent of the publications’ editors overall were women, and women made up on average 45 percent of all law review members.

Also, NLJ reports, New York Law School researchers found that the institutions with more women on law reviews had higher numbers of full-time professors who were women and people of color. The professor numbers did not correlate to the numbers of women leading law reviews.

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