Women lawyers now make up the majority of associates in the USA but still face many diversity challenges

A report by the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reveals that women now constitute the majority of associates at US law firms, making up 50.3% according to the organisation’s Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms. The report also indicates a record growth in women at the partnership level, constituting 27.8% of all partners in 2023. While the percentage of diverse lawyers has grown over the past decade, reaching 21% of the legal profession, the study highlights that Black and Native American lawyers remain underrepresented. Moreover, the data shows that male lawyers still significantly outnumber female lawyers overall, with 39% of lawyers being women and 61% male in 2023.

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