Last week, I asked you all to take a survey about whether or not small-firm attorneys can work part-time (and if so, whether they are all mothers, which in turn implicates the unspoken question of whether or not there is any worth to having part-time working moms at small law firms). Yes, it was a loaded survey. Unfortunately, only 122 of you responded. I need more of you to take the survey. And the universe wants you to take the survey.
How do I know this? Since last week, we have learned some important lessons….
- Your law school placement office does not know (or does not want to know) how to place you in a small firm;
- NALP and some law school career services professionals believe this is important;
- Despite the failure of law schools to place students in small firms, they are getting there anyway (at least in New York);
- About 47% of graduating law students are female (as of the latest statistics from 2009-2010); and
- Yesterday, I watched a re-run of Will & Grace on Lifetime in which the senior partner at Will’s firm was selecting partners, and at the mention that one of the contenders was pregnant, kicked her out of the running.
In other words, there are many female small-firm attorneys, and the issue of working mothers and part-time schedules is a reality. And the universe sent me a sign through the Lifetime network that we better start caring about this issue. So, take the survey. Please. And yes I am nagging you, because I am, after all, a woman (who is probably on her period).
One in Five N.Y. Law School Grads Find Jobs at Small Firms, ABA Reports [New York Law Journal]
Women in Law in the U.S. [Catalyst]
When not writing about small law firms for Above the Law, Valerie Katz (not her real name) works at a small firm in Chicago. You can reach her by email at Valerie.L.Katz@gmail.com and follow her on Twitter at @ValerieLKatz.