Decline In Female Associates Clouds Leadership Prospects

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 10:54 PM EST) -- A Thursday survey showing a steady decline in female associates at law firms suggests that more young women are opting for staff and contract positions, a trend experts worry could result in fewer women in leadership roles in an industry that is already struggling to expand its female partnership ranks.

The survey by the National Association for Law Placement, or NALP, found that female associates in law firms accounted for 45.05 percent in 2012, an “incremental but steady slide from 45.66 percent in 2009.” At the...
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