More male partners working part time, says survey

January 23, 2012 6.2 per cent of lawyers at big firms work part time, according to a new survey released by NALP.
In 2011 98 per cent of large law firms allowed part-time schedules, either across the board or on a case-by-case basis, but very few lawyers work part-time in practice. When NALP started recording statistics on part time work in 1994, just 2.4 per cent of partners and associates were working part-time. By 2011, the number of lawyers working part-time stood at 6.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in 2010.

More partners is opting for part-time work, rising from 1.2 per cent in 1994 to 3.6 per cent in 2010 and 3.5 per cent in 2011. And growth in those figures seems to be coming from male partners: in 2006 almost 72 percent of part-time partners were women. In 2011 that figure was about 66 percent. In 2010 that figure had dropped to 64 percent.

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