Recruitment Practice and Women Lawyers Employment: An Examination of In-House Legal Departments in the United States

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    Abstract

    Despite womens entry into the legal profession differences remain in mens and womens employment opportunities. This paper examines the way organizational practices affect the recruitment of men and women lawyers by comparing twelve in-house legal departments in manufacturing and financial services corporations. On the whole, women lawyers are less likely to be employed in the former. This pattern can be explained by the different requirements of each sector for specific legal skills and their recruitment of lawyers from various segments of the labour market in which women and men are differentially distributed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)651-672
    Number of pages22
    JournalSociology
    Volume26
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1992

    Keywords

    • gender
    • in-house legal departments
    • legal profession
    • occupational segregation
    • recruitment
    • women lawyers

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