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Lost to Law: Why Women Leave the Legal Profession

Lee, Professor Robert (2022) Lost to Law: Why Women Leave the Legal Profession. Working Paper. University of Birmingham.


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In spite of an increasing reliance on women entrants to the legal profession, women remain under-represented in the higher levels of that profession, not least because many women leave legal practice notwithstanding the strenuous route to qualification. This empirical survey gathered qualitative data on the reasons why women chose to abandon their career in law. The factors behind such a significant decision included: personal reasons based on health, stress; dissatisfaction with the work or the workplace; and the pressures of family life and caring obligations. These factors intersect and overlap and are reflective of wider societal and cultural pressures on women. They provide a basis to question whether, as the proportion of qualified women entrants to the profession continues to rise, failure to better accommodate the needs and aspirations of women lawyers might present a systemic threat to the legal profession.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
Department:Centre for Employability, Professional Legal Education and Research
Date:October 2022
Series/Collection Name:CEPLER Working Papers
Keywords:Law; Women in Law;
Subjects:K Law > K Law (General)
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Copyright Status:© The Author(s)
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham, The Author(s)
ID Code:4114

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