The Glass Ceiling Report of the U.S. legal industry via Law360

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Women continue to be dramatically underrepresented at every attorney level in the U.S. legal industry, and firms made negligible progress toward gender equality in 2014, according to a Law360 head count survey of more than 300 U.S. firms.

Here are the main findings of the 2015 Glass Ceiling Report.

Firm size has virtually no effect on the representation of women at the partner level.


Men continue to make up two-thirds of all attorneys and nearly 80 percent of partners at U.S. firms.


The percentage of female attorneys, nonpartners, partners and equity partners all rose slightly from 2013 to 2014 —less than 1 percent in each case.


Firms with between 500 and 999 U.S. attorneys have the highest percentage of women at each attorney level, while firms with fewer than 100 attorneys have the worst female representation.


Methodology: Law360 surveyed 308 U.S. firms, or vereins with a U.S. component, about their overall and female head count numbers as of Dec. 31, 2014. Only U.S.-based attorneys were included in the survey. Year-over-year data is based on head count numbers for Dec. 31, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2013, from 256 U.S. firms. Equity partner year-over-year data is based on head count numbers from 168 U.S. firms.

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