Legal Profession


Three Nudges That Translate Into Hiring More Women

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Law Review Article

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lawyer demographics, gender


Sometimes, the expected and inevitable can stall; occasionally, they fail to show up altogether. From time to time, the bright flash of lightning does not yield the slightest thunder, no matter how long we wait or count. Several years ago, we embraced one such inevitability: That the uptick in women graduating from law school, given time, would eventually repair the gender gap at all levels of law firms, from new hires to partners. We've waiting and counted, but the inevitable outcome continues to elude the profession. Nudges can help in designing a consistent hiring process, one that features well-defined decision points, allows firms to achieve the goal that has eluded them: recruiting more female lateral talents.