Tuesday, December 11, 2007

 

Usage of Part-Time Programs Growing -- Slowly

NALP has released its 2007 part-time usage statistics. In a 12/5/07 press release, NALP reports that 5.4% of attorneys at its member firms work part-time. While this percentage remains low relative to other professional occupations (the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that for the same time period, 14% of professionals worked part-time), it has steadily climbed in recent years. In 1999, NALP reported that only 2.9% of attorneys worked part-time, and by 2003, the figure was 4.1%.

Encouragingly, the percentage of part-time partners is also growing, from 1.6% in 1999 to 3% in 2007. NALP found that the largest concentration of part-time attorneys can be found among the of counsel and staff attorney ranks, where 19% of attorneys work part-time.

Women, of course, continue to work part-time more frequently than men (75% of part-time attorneys are women, according to NALP).

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