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Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report

Ms. JD

Ms. JD, Women on Law Review: A Gender Diversity Report (2012), https://ms-jd.org/files/lr2012_final.pdf.

 

Ms. JD collected self-reported gender diversity data from general interest law reviews at the 2009 U.S. News “Top 50” law schools for the 2008-2010 academic years.  The results show that while overall percentages of women members of these law journals (44.3%) and women in leadership positions (46.2%) correlates strongly to the number of women awarded law degrees during the same time period (45.7% in 2008), the number of women editors-in-chief is disproportionately low (33%).

More information about the methodology of the data collection and the import of these findings is contained in the report.  Ms. JD plans to follow up this initial research with a survey of 2010-2011 law review staffs, asking not just for gender breakdowns, but also for the number of women of color serving on staff and in leadership as well as information on the staff and editor selection process. 

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