« on: December 30, 2005, 12:03:01 PM »
In response to the question of whether being female makes it easier to get into law school, some stats from the National Law Journal:
55% of all current law school applicants are female (only 50% of graduates)
BUT at top schools:
Women make up 44.6% of this fall's class at the responding schools (the top 19), compared with 44.3% last year. The number of women entering this year's classes totaled 2,717, while the number of women entering last year's classes equaled 2,676.
Law schools participating in the survey were Columbia Law School, Cornell Law School, Duke Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, George Washington University Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University School of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Chicago Law School, University of Michigan Law School, University of Minnesota Law School, University of Pennsylvania Law School, University of Southern California Law School, University of Texas School of Law, University of Virginia School of Law and Vanderbilt University Law School.
Do top schools just not care enough to recruit women? Harvard certainly should, after last year's Summers fiasco... I wonder if this will play into their admin decisions.
It didn't seem to make a difference last year at Yale (per LSN):
Accepted females: 3.83 / 172.7
Accepted males: 3.74 / 173
Although you can certainly research your schools on LSN, as they do allow you to search by gender.
Because the attrition rate at law firms is so high for women, if a firm wants to maintain a high percentage of women further up the ladder, I suppose it might help in being hired later on.