International Attrition and Re-Engagement Study

Survey on women lawyers – Now CLOSED

Survey findings will be presented at the IBA Annual Conference in Sydney, Australia in October 2017.

Research shows that there are significant gaps in diversity in more senior roles in the legal profession. Although women are graduating with law degrees and entering legal careers at higher rates than men, significantly fewer women continue into senior positions within the legal profession. The International Bar Association's Legal Policy & Research Unit (LPRU) is undertaking an international research study, to address diversity within the legal profession.

The inaugural stage of the research study has been a global survey  based on the Law Council of Australia’s National Attrition and Re-engagement Study.

The LPRU will produce a report outlining the survey findings and practical measures, which can be implemented to address the causes of high attrition rates among women lawyers, and re-engage women lawyers who have left the profession. The results of the study will help guide the future direction of LPRU projects, including the Women Business Lawyers Initiative.  

The study aims to improve understanding about the respective experiences and motivations of legal practitioners as they progress through their careers, and to improve understanding of the reasons why lawyers choose to leave the legal profession or choose a different career path. This will lead to the development of retention strategies for law firms and legal associations.