nPrior to the 20th†century, women
and minorities were effectively
barred from the legal profession.
nIn 1951, there were about 5,500 female lawyers in the United States--less than three percent of the
profession. By 1980 females
constituted 8% of the profession, but by 1995 their representation had grown to 24%.
nIn the 1950s it was common for law school classes to be all-male. By the 1997-1998 academic year 45% of the law students were female.
nThe National Association for Law Placement reports that
in 2000 women represented
15 percent of the total number of
partners in the nationís major law firms, while minority attorneys made up 3.5 percent of that total.