Friday, January 21, 2011


No Part-Time Floodgates

Recently, NALP reported on the usage of part-time schedules in law firms. NALP’s latest data show that 6.4% of lawyers were working part-time in 2010, and 70% of those part-timers were women. This is up from 5.9% in 2009 and 2.9% in 2001 when PAR published its first report on part-time lawyers. The percentage of part-time lawyers is small, but it’s steadily growing, and that’s a good sign.

During that same period of time, the percentage of law firms offering part-time schedules increased from 85% to 98%. So, while almost all law firms have part-time programs, the argument that offering part-time programs will open the floodgates is indeed a myth.

Another encouraging finding in the study: there was a significant growth rate among part-time partners – from 1.2% in 1994 to 3.6% in 2010. This change is consistent with PAR’s 2009 study on part-time partners, which showed that part-time partners are having successful careers bringing in significant revenue and generating significant books of business.


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