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Study: Women Leaving the Law in Mass.

Posted May 2, 2007 10:39 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A study by several Massachusetts bar associations finds that almost half of women lawyers in the state who leave their law firms don’t remain in the law.

The report also found that women lawyers leave private law practice in far greater numbers than men.

Some of the findings, as summarized by the Boston Globe:

--Thirty-one percent of female associates and 18 percent of male associates left private practice. The numbers were 35 percent and 15 percent, respectively, for associates with children. --Only 17 percent of partners are women. --Forty-six percent of women lawyers who leave the partnership track firms left the law entirely, compared to less than a third of male lawyers who leave the partnership track.

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