The Institute for Inclusion the Legal Profession (IILP) recently published their 2017 Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession. This annual review presents a statistical summary of demographic data, thought pieces exploring diversity issues, and diversity initiatives from throughout the legal industry.

The review presents demographic data finds for gender, race/ethnicity, disability, and LGBT in the legal profession. Please see below for a few demographic highlights of note:

  • Women continue to be underrepresented in top-level jobs within the legal profession; the representation of women among in-house lawyers has increased.
  • Overall representation of racial/ethnic minorities remains low throughout all levels of the legal field; while the overall representation of African American lawyers has remained about the same, the representation of both Hispanic and Asian American lawyers has increased slightly.
  • The representation of lawyers with disabilities remains very low.
  • The representation of LGBT lawyers has been steadily increasing in recent years.

The review also includes best practices for approaching intersectional experiences. To view the full review, click here.