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Deborah Merritt


Merritt’s research on gender disparities in the law school pipeline featured in The New York Times

November 30, 2016 | Faculty

New research co-authored by Professor Deborah Merritt about gender disparities in the law school pipeline was featured in The New York Times. According to Merritt’s report, “The Leaky Pipeline for Women Entering the Legal Profession,” women are more concentrated at less prestigious law schools than their male counterparts.

Throughout the 2015-16 academic year, women made up about 47 percent of the student body at the country’s most prestigious law schools. Lower-ranked or unranked institutions enrolled 53.5 percent female students, however.

The repercussions of attending lower-ranked schools are considerable, according to Merritt’s study. Female law students are “less likely than men to attend the schools that send a high percentage of graduates into the profession,” Merritt said. Female graduates at lower-ranked law schools are also less likely to land a legal job after graduation that provides higher wages and long-term security.

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