The Wage Gap Puzzle in the Legal Profession

The Glass Hammer has a piece on the wage gap for lawyers, The Wage Gap Puzzle in the Legal Profession: Why Women Lawyers Still Earn Less Than Men & What Can Be Done About It.

Paying attention to the wage gaps for lawyers is useful because of the unique nature of the profession.  First, the legal profession has experienced increased female participation for the last 30 years.  Before 1970, few women entered the profession.  Today, women make up more than 40% of law school enrollment and represent about a quarter of the legal profession.  In addition, employers are well aware that the advanced training women receive in law school is in no way different from that received by men.  Due to such transparency, gender discrimination should be minimal – at least theoretically.  

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