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Women in the Legal Profession

Posted: 27 Dec 2008  

Fiona Kay

Queen's University

Elizabeth Gorman

University of Virginia

Date Written: December, 23 2008


In recent years, the legal profession has undergone significant change, with rapidly rising numbers of women among its membership. Scholars of legal history, sociology, economics, organizational behavior, and law have examined various dimensions of the feminization of the legal profession. This review traces the parameters of integration and inequality in the careers of women and men in the contemporary legal profession. We document and assess the theoretical explanations of gender inequalities that persist across legal education, hiring, remuneration, promotions, and other professional opportunities in law. We also examine women's responses to their experiences and women's impact on the law and the profession.

Keywords: gender, law practice, careers, mobility, earnings, discrimination

Suggested Citation

Kay, Fiona and Gorman, Elizabeth, Women in the Legal Profession (December, 23 2008). Annual Review of Law & Social Science, Vol. 4, December 2008. Available at SSRN:

Fiona Kay (Contact Author)

Queen's University ( email )

Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6

Elizabeth Gorman

University of Virginia ( email )

1400 University Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

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