Leaving the Practice of Law: The Wherefores and the Whys
AbstractIn 1990, the Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta established a Committee on Women and the Legal Profession to examine the issues concerning women in the law. This article examines the results of a comprehensive survey conducted on inactive members of the Law Society of Alberta for this Committee. The survey was the second of two surveys conducted by this author. The first survey was conducted on the active members of the Law Society of Alberta. The survey produced a number of interesting results for those individuals considering the practise of law as a profession and for those already within the profession. The survey looked at the characteristics of the respondents, their reasons for leaving the practise of law, and their perceptions and experience with bias within the profession. A useful section of the survey included suggestions for reforming the legal profession and the Law Society of Alberta itself.
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