Women, Representation and the Legal Academy

Legal Studies 19:68-92

Posted: 18 Jan 2013

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Clare McGlynn

Durham Law School, Durham University

Date Written: 1999


Successive studies have documented the institutionally marginalised status of many women academics. What remains unclear is whether such findings apply equally to women legal academics. This article begins the process of investigating the role, status and experiences of women legal academics, reporting the findings of the first survey into the representation of academic women in UK university law schools. The study presents a snapshot of the gender composition of law schools in October 1997, at all levels of seniority, together with data on the representation of women in each responding law school. It finds considerable differences between law schools, as well as an under-representation of women compared with men at senior levels. It is suggested that these patterns of the representation of women legal academics have important ramifications for legal education, the legal profession and the discipline of law itself.

Suggested Citation

McGlynn, Clare M. S., Women, Representation and the Legal Academy (1999). Legal Studies 19:68-92. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2198405

Clare M. S. McGlynn (Contact Author)

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