Of the 100 finalists, 39 are men and 61 women, accurately reflecting the gender split of the profession at the junior level.
However, women make up a much larger percentage of finalists in some categories.
Eight of the 10 finalists in each of the construction and real estate, intellectual property and workplace relations, employment and safety categories are female.
In the construction and real estate category Jane Xu, Danielle Monti, Magda Kucharska and Melissa Rubbo represent the international firms, hailing from DLA Piper, K&L Gates, King & Wood Mallesons and Herbert Smith Freehills respectively.
Two men and two women from national firms are also construction and real estate finalists. They are Nell van Weerdenburg from DibbsBarker, Linda Kelleher and Adam Merlehan from MinterEllison and Jerome Martin from Clayton Utz.
Rounding out the list are Nafsika Palbas of Tisher Liner FC Law and Ole Mitrevski of William James.
The intellectual property category also has four finalists from international firms, four from nationals and two from a boutique.
The three female and one male international firm finalists are Stephanie Favotto and Mary-Cate Byrne from Baker & McKenzie, Alyson Poole from Norton Rose Fulbright and Luke Hawthorne from King & Wood Mallesons.
The four female national firm finalists are Helen Lauder from MinterEllison, Jodie Lilir from Gilbert + Tobin, Leonora Tyers from Piper Alderman and Hannah Pham from Thomson Geer Lawyers.
Rounding out the IP category are two from Griffith Hack: Katie Kavanaugh and Samin Raihan.
International firm lawyers were less prominent in the workplace relations, employment and safety category, with Peter McNulty from Ashurst and Amanda Lyras-Jones from Herbert Smith Freehills the only global firm finalists.
Eight females and one male from national and boutique firms rounded out the list.
They are Amy Zhang from Harmers Workplace Lawyers, Ekaterini Karabatos from FCB Group, Hannah Linossier from Piper Alderman, Kathryn Winter from Clayton Utz, Mia Pantechis from Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Philippa Noakes from Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Rebecca Byun from Holding Redlich and Ian Bennett from Sparke Helmore Lawyers.
The winner will be announced at a cocktail event hosted by comedian Tommy Little at the Ivy Ballroom on 24 June – tickets on sale now.
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