A new study of diversity in U.S. law firms, released this week by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, says that women now make up 40 percent of lawyers in medium- and large-sized firms, compared to 14 percent in 1975. The number of Black lawyers in these firms doubled since 1975, to over 4 percent. Hispanics more than doubled to 3 percent, and Asian representation rose by five times to 6.5 percent.
The study looks only at law firms required to file EEO-1 reports, which means firms that have 100 or more employees. Among its other findings:
Given that the greatest percentage of lawyers work in smaller firms, the survey offers only a partial picture.