Monday, June 20, 2011

Women of Color Abandon Law Firms for Corporate Counsel Positions.

A recent study by Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) discovered a growing trend in women of color leaving law firms to work as corporate counsels. Titled “The Perspectives of Women of Color Attorneys in Corporate Legal Departments,” the study surveyed more than 1,300 African-American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American female corporate attorneys.

The reasons for the trend are of concern:

A staggering 76.5 percent of women who participated in the study started their careers in law firms before leaving for corporations. Among reasons they cited for switching were feeling that their work was not valued, lack of good mentors, desire for more challenging work and few opportunities for growth. Previous research cited by CCWC had found a 78 percent attrition rate for women of color at law firms.

Here’s the full story in the Cincinnati Herald

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