New Studies: Salaries, Billing Rates Still Low for Female Lawyers

A recent study reported in the ABA Journal found that female lawyers and judges earn about 82 percent of what their male counterparts make. And when it comes to billing rates, another study found that female law-firm partners are lagging behind their male counterparts. That analysis, reported by the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, found that women partners on average earn 10 percent less for their services then male partners. The analysis also found that the gap begins at the junior lawyer level and is more pronounced among seasoned attorneys at major firms – even when female partners possess similar levels of experience and work in the same market.