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Publication Date

Fall 2019


The long-standing overrepresentation of female law faculty in skills teaching and service-oriented positions is well documented. In contrast, the historical underrepresentation of female law faculty in top dean and tenured or tenure-track teaching positions has been widely recognized but difficult to quantify. The American Bar Association has a link in the statistics archives of its website to a chart from Fall 2013 on the gender, ethnicity, and status of law faculty. The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) links to the same chart on its website. This chart replaced a similar chart covering 2008 to 2009 that the ABA has since removed from its website and is no longer available. To my knowledge, this is the extent of the data on gender, ethnicity, and status of law faculty provided by either organization. Although the ABA and the AALS, in turn, publish faculty data reported to the ABA by individual law schools, the data breakdown by gender and ethnicity distinguishes only between full and part-time faculty and does not indicate title or security of position. As part of its annual questionnaire, the ABA collects this information from law schools but does not release it. Ongoing access to historical and current information is critical in raising awareness about and making progress on gender equity issues.

Publication Citation

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 69, Autumn 2019, 116-122.