Less US lawyers are working part time, says survey

March 3, 2014 Part time work in the US legal industry has declined slightly, with 6.1 percent of lawyers in major law firms working part-time last year, down from 6.4 per cent in 2010.

Of the lawyers who were working part time, 70 per cent were women. 12.9 per cent of women lawyers worked part time, compared to just 2.9 per cent of male lawyers.

The figures come from a new survey released by the National Association for Law Placement. NALP executive director James Leipold commented on the decline in the number of lawyers opting for part time work: “Given the direction the data is heading, I feel confident calling this a post-recessionary trend at this point," he said.

"We can identify the trend but we cannot say why it is happening. It may be that in this economic climate there is a perceived pressure to not utilize the part-time option. There may also be economic concerns for families that are driving more lawyers to choose to work full-time.”

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