Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love

37 Pages Posted: 15 May 2009

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Bryant Garth

University of California, Irvine School of Law; American Bar Foundation

Joyce S. Sterling

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: May 14, 2009

Abstract

On the basis of qualitative interviews as part of the After the J.D. Project, the paper explores the attrition of associates in corporate law firms. One aspect of the paper explores the continuing high attrition among women and minorities and how that is produced. The other aspect focuses on the more general reluctance of associates generally, and especially those from elite schools, to imagine the law firm apprenticeship as anything more than a stage they are expected to go through on their way to something else. The few who stay to battle for partnership are those who are best able to - or hungriest and therefore most willing - to put in the time and those who get support at home and work for the extraordinary effort that it takes.

Keywords: legal profession, corporate law firms, legal careers

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Garth, Bryant and Sterling, Joyce S., Exploring Inequality in the Corporate Law Firm Apprenticeship: Doing the Time, Finding the Love (May 14, 2009). Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Vol. 22, 2009, U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 09-11, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1404877

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