Partnership Tiers & Tracks

Partnership Tiers and Tracks (NALP Bulletin, July 2017) — Not quite two-thirds of the offices represented in the 2016 NALP Directory of Legal Employers reported two or more partnership tiers. This remains well above the levels of 15 to 20 years ago, but the upward trend in the prevalence of two-tier partnerships appears to have slowed dramatically.

Representation of Women and Minorities Among Equity Partners Has Increased Only Slightly (NALP Bulletin, April 2017) — Equity partners in multi-tier law firms continue to be disproportionately white men. New figures from NALP show that in 2016, only 18.1% of equity partners were women and only 5.8% were racial/ethnic minorities.

Despite Small Gains in the Representation of Women and Minorities Among Equity Partners, Broad Disparities Remain (NALP Bulletin, June 2015) — Equity partners in multi-tier law firms continue to be disproportionately white men. New figures from NALP show that in 2014, only 17.1% of equity partners were women and only 5.6% were racial/ethnic minorities.

The Representation of Women and Minorities Among Equity Partners Sees Slow Growth, Broad Disparities Remain (NALP Bulletin, March 2014) — Equity partners in multi-tier law firms continue to be disproportionately white men. A new analysis of recent data by NALP shows that in 2013, only 16.5% of equity partners are women and only 5.4% are minority.

The Demographics of Equity - An Update (NALP Bulletin, February 2013) — Are equity partners in multi-tier law firms disproportionately white men? The answer is decidedly yes — and new data are helping us to describe the unequal representation of men and women and minority and non-minority law firm partners in these firms with additional precision.

Partnership Tiers and Tracks (NALP Bulletin, February 2010) — Over two-thirds of the offices represented in the 2009-2010 NALP Directory of Legal Employers reported two or more partnership tiers, compared with fewer than half reporting two or more tiers in 2001 and just over one-third in 1995.

Partnership Tiers and Tracks (NALP Bulletin, February 2002) — Almost half of the offices represented in the 2001 NALP Directory of Legal Employers reported two or more partnership tiers, compared with just over one-third in 1995. Information provided by law offices for 2001 reveals that seven- or eight-year partnership tracks remain the most common, accounting for about 44% and 36%, respectively, of the total.

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