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Fewer women work as solo practitioners and fewer women than men work in private law firms, according to a study released by NALP. The report, “Women in the Profession: Findings from the First Wave of the After the JD Study,” finds that 34% of solo practitioners are women and that 77% of attorneys in public interest organizations are women. The report is based on the results of a survey of 4,500 lawyers who were admitted to practice in 2000. The “After the JD” study is following the careers of the attorneys over a 10-year period. The study on women is based on a portion of the data collected. Among attorneys in professional services firms, 32% are women. Some 61% of attorneys working in educational institutions are women, and just 31% of attorneys working in Fortune 1000 companies are women. The study also finds significant differences in regional markets. While the percentages of men and women attorneys among the survey group working in New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey were even at 50% for both genders, women attorneys in Connecticut and Tennessee made up just 37% of the attorneys. Utah has the smallest percentage of women attorneys, with 25%. In addition, by 2003, three years after the initial batch of questions was distributed to the group of 4,500 lawyers, 37% of men and 35% of women had changed jobs at least once. The report is based on responses from 3,905 lawyers and was written by Gita Wilder, senior social science researcher for NALP. “After the JD” sponsors, in addition to NALP, include the American Bar Foundation, the Law School Admission Council and the National Science Foundation, among others.

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