Part-time Lawyers

Rate of Part-Time Work Among Lawyers Unchanged in 2012 — Most Working Part-time Continue to Be Women (February 21, 2013 Press Release) — Most large law firms have made part-time schedules available to their experienced lawyers for many years, but overall the number of lawyers working part-time continues to be very small, and in 2012 the percentage of lawyers working part-time remained unchanged compared to the prior year. In 2012, as in 2011, just 6.2% of lawyers were working part-time, and most of them, over 70%, were women.

Part-time Work Among Lawyers Declined for First Time in 17 Years — Most Working Part-time Continue to Be Women (January 19, 2012 Press Release) — Most large law firms have made part-time schedules available to their experienced lawyers for many years, but overall the number of lawyers working part-time continues to be very small, and in fact the number edged down in 2011 for the first time since NALP began compiling these figures in 1994. In 2011, just 6.2% of lawyers were working part-time, compared with 6.4% in 2010, and most of them, over 70%, were women.

Part-Time Lawyers Continue to be the Exception at Law Firms — Ranks Made Up Mostly of Women, But Number of Male Partners Practicing Part-Time Edges Up (January 6, 2011 Press Release) — Most large law firms have made part-time schedules available to their experienced lawyers for many years, but overall the number of lawyers working part-time continues to be very small. In 2010, just 6.4% of lawyers were working part-time, and most of them, about 70%, were women.

Most Lawyers Working Part-time Are Women — Overall Number of Lawyers Working Part-time Remains Small (December 17, 2009 Press Release) — Most large law firms have made part-time schedules available to their experienced lawyers for many years, but overall the number of lawyers working part-time continues to be very small. In 2009, just 5.9% of lawyers were working part-time and most of them, about 73%, were women. This reflects the fact that women are much more likely to be working part-time than men. Among women lawyers overall, 13% work part-time; among female partners, 12.1% are working part-time; and among women associates the figure was 9.8%. This contrasts with a rate of just 2.4% among all male lawyers.

Women Vastly Outnumber Men Among Part-time Lawyers — Overall, Number of Lawyers Working Part-Time Is Small, Rate Little Changed Over Time (December 18, 2008 Press Release) — Most large law firms have made part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys for many years, but overall the number of lawyers working part time continues to be very small. In 2008, just 5.6% of attorneys were working part-time and most of them, about 74%, were women.

Few Lawyers Work Part-Time, Most Who Do Are Women (December 5, 2007 Press Release) — Most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, but just 5.4% of attorneys were working part-time in 2007, and most of them, about 75%, were women. This reflects the fact that women are much more likely to be working part-time than men. Among women attorneys overall, 12.7% work part-time; among female partners, 11.7% are working part-time; and among women associates the figure was 9.6%. This contrasts with a rate of just over 1% among all male attorneys.

Few Lawyers Work Part-Time, Most Who Do Are Women (December 7, 2006 Press Release) — Most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, but just 4.7% of associates and 2.8% of partners were working part-time in 2006. Moreover, most lawyers working part-time are women — women represented 72% of partners working part-time and 89% of associates working part-time. These are among the findings of the most recent analyses of the NALP Directory of Legal Employers.

Part-Time Attorney Schedules Available But Under-Utilized (November 17, 2005 Press Release) — Although most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, very few attorneys have taken advantage of this option over the eleven years that NALP has been compiling this information. The 2005 analyses reveal that nearly all (96.2%) of the offices in the Directory allowed part-time schedules, either as an affirmative policy or on a case-by-case basis — little difference from the 2004 figure of 96.7%. The number of attorneys reported to be working on a part-time basis was 4.0%, compared with 3.9% in 2004 and 4.1% in 2003.

Part-Time Attorney Schedules Remain an Under-Utilized Option by Most Partners, Associates (November 5, 2004 Press Release) — Although most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, very few attorneys have taken advantage of this option over the ten years that NALP has been compiling this information. The number of attorneys reported to be working on a part-time basis was 3.9%, compared with 4.1% in 2003.

Part-Time Attorney Schedules Still Widely Available, but Remain Rarely Used by Partners, Associates (November 7, 2003 Press Release) — Although most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, in 2003, as has been the case since NALP first compiled this data in 1994, very few attorneys took advantage of this option. The number of attorneys reported to be working on a part-time basis was 4.1%, as compared with 3.7% in 2002.

Part-Time Attorney Schedules Continue to be Rarely Used by Partners, Associates (October 3, 2002 Press Release) — Although most large law firms make part-time schedules available to their experienced attorneys, in 2002, as has been the case since NALP first compiled this data in 1994, very few attorneys have taken advantage of this option. The number of attorneys reported to be working on a part-time basis was 3.7%, as compared with 3.5% in 2001.

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