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Report reveals real gender gap in law

Report reveals real gender gap in law

New national statistics confirm that female lawyers are leaving the law younger than their male counterparts.

New national statistics confirm that female lawyers are leaving the law younger than their male counterparts.

Close to half of all female solicitors in Australia are aged under 35 years old, compared to only a quarter of male solicitors, the 2011 National Law Society Profile, published this week, reveals.

The new report, commissioned by the Law Society of NSW on behalf of the national Conference of Law Societies, reveals important demographic data about Australian solicitors.

While 48.8 per cent of all women solicitors are aged under 35 years, only 24.2 per cent of men are in this age group. Conversely, two-fifths (40.4 per cent) of male solicitors are aged over 50 years, compared to only 15.2 per cent of female.

Women comprise 62.6 per cent of all solicitors under 35 years.

The gender ratio is approximately even for solicitors aged 35 to 39 years, while the inverse gender profile hits at aged 40 and over, where there are 68 per cent male and 32 per cent female ratios.

According to the data, the profile is broadly consistent across all states and territories.

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Source: 2011 Law Society National Profile

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