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California lawyers apparently aren’t all the young rich jet-setters that television shows like “Ally McBeal” and “The Practice” would lead one to believe. A survey released by the State Bar on Monday shows that 77 percent of California lawyers make less than $150,000 a year. Sixteen percent of the respondents earned less than $50,000 a year. At the same time, 52 percent of the state’s 174,000 lawyers are 45 years of age or older, a 17 percent increase from 1991. The survey, conducted by Petaluma’s Richard Hertz Consulting, polled more than 1,500 attorneys between July 6 and Aug. 13. The $60,000 price tag for the survey was less than half the price of a 1991 survey, and was underwritten by revenues from the California Bar Journal, the Bar’s monthly newspaper, and the Bar’s group insurance program. The purpose of the survey was to query members of the Bar about their awareness of the agency’s group insurance programs and to measure their sentiments about technical and administrative matters. It also was aimed at gathering demographic information that could let Bar Journal advertisers better market their products. “We need to provide our advertisers with not only demographic information, but technological aspects, like computer use and Internet use,” Bar Journal Editor Dean Kinley said Monday. “And our figures were out-of-date.” Besides the income and age data, the 20-page survey also noted that while California lawyers are still predominantly white and male, the percentages are less than 10 years ago. Attorneys are 83 percent white and 68 percent male, compared with 91 percent white and 74 percent male in 1991. Minority attorneys account for 17 percent of all lawyers, although they make up 53.7 percent of the state’s 2000 population. Women comprise 32 percent of the lawyer population as opposed to 26 percent 10 years ago. One out of every five lawyers over 55 is female, but 45 percent of lawyers under age 35 are women. And women still earn less than men do. While 27 percent of male lawyers make more than $150,000 annually, only 15 percent of women do. The survey also provides, among other things, data on positions held in private practice by gender and race, the average number of weekly hours worked by lawyers and the percentage of lawyers with Internet connections and Web sites. For example, the survey shows that the average work week grew from 44.4 hours per week in 1991 to 47.2 hours in 2000. The survey contains a margin of error of plus or minus 2.5 percentage points. Related Chart

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