Study Links Demographics of Law School Faculty to Demographics of Law Review Leadership
In 2010, Ms. JD conducted a survey of self-reported gender diversity data from general interest law reviews at the 2009 U.S. News and World Report “Top 50” law schools. The results showed that while overall percentages of women members of these law journals and women in leadership positions correlated strongly to the number of women awarded law degrees during the same time period; the number of women editor-in-chiefs was disproportionately low.
This month, New York Law School compiled an addendum to Ms. JD’s data, surveying two samples of law reviews based on criteria other than the U.S. News rankings: the percentage of women and minorities who are full-time faculty members of ABA-accredited law schools. New York Law School’s addendum found that law reviews at law schools having a high percentage of female full-time faculty and at law schools having a high percentage of minority full-time faculty had, on average, significantly greater gender diversity among their 2010-2011 student membership and leadership than law reviews at the “Top 50” schools surveyed by Ms. JD in 2010. These schools also had as a higher rate of female editors-in-chief as compared to their “Top 50” counterparts.