Law school achievement gap by gender for faculty and deans examined in new paper

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Law school achievement gap by gender for faculty and deans examined in new paper

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Women are more than two times more likely than men to have perceived “lower status” positions at law schools and work as interim deans, according to a recent working paper by three legal academics.

As examples of lower status positions, the paper listed adjuncts, lecturers, instructors, clinical and legal writing professors, teaching fellows and librarians. The paper also found that women are two times as likely as men to work as interim deans. Titled Women in US Law Schools, 1948-2021 and published Aug. 16, the piece is written by Elizabeth Katz, Kyle Rozema and Sarath Sanga. Katz and Rozema are professors at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, and Sanga is a professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Their data, dating back to 1948, is from the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools’ Directory of Law Teachers and Rosenblatt’s Deans Directory. Previous articles about women in law school are cited, as well.

The paper found that women’s share of faculty and dean spots closely track the number of female candidates and law students. By the end of the 20th century, women made up 48% of law students, 33% of faculty and 13% of deans, according to the paper. In 2021, 55% of law students were women, 45% were faculty and 42% were deans.

In the 1970s, less than 10% of law school faculty were women, but women and men were about equally as likely to occupy lower status positions, according to the report. That was also true in the 1980s,

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