Consistent with previous years, Yale Law Women invited firms ranked in the 2017 Vault Law 100 to participate in this survey. We had a participation rate of over 50%, and we are grateful to the attorneys and staff who helped fill out our survey. All data collected reflect statistics from the 2016 calendar year and only include U.S. office locations.
Survey questions fell into several broad categories:
- Billable Hours and Compensation
- Leadership & Promotions
- Part-Time and Flex-Time Policies
- Parental & Family Accommodations
- Gender Equity
In addition to examining formal policies available at these law firms, the survey investigated how firms implemented those policies and whether attorneys used them. Survey questions focused on three inquiries: whether attorneys used these policies; which attorneys availed themselves of these policies by gender and position; and how attorneys used these policies.
Firm responses were weighted based on a concurrent survey of more than 350 Yale Law School alumni of all genders currently working at Vault 100 firms. These alumni were asked about the relative importance of each category of family friendly policies and practices, and were asked to rate the importance of several specific measures and policies.
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