Part-time schedules at law firms are growing in popularity as a way of improving recruitment and retention of talented lawyers, but attorneys working reduced hours — predominantly women — remain a small fraction of the total population, says a new survey by the National Association for Law Placement.

NALP reports that at large firms across the nation, 6.4 percent of lawyers were on part-time schedules in 2010, compared with 5 percent in 2006. In northern New Jersey, 5.4 percent were part time, up from 3.4 percent in 2006.