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Women Opting Out of Solo Careers

A recent article published by the The National Law Journal, highlights a disparity between the number of male and female lawyers choosing to start solo careers:

Results of a massive 10-year study undertaken by NALP, the American Bar Foundation and other participants show that among lawyers in the survey group who went solo, just 34% were women.

Furthermore, the study points to such factors as higher rates of marriage among those women who chose to leave their firms as well as the need to have a “highly specialized” practice. Read the full article here. If you do not have a subscription to The National Law Journal, contact OPIA at pia@law.harvard.edu for a copy.