Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Moore School of Business

Sub-Department

Economics

First Advisor

John Gordanier

Abstract

Amid the volumes of research on women and minorities in the workplace, little analysis has been done on the factors contributing to more diverse law firms. The intent of this paper is an empirical investigation of those variables that have caused increases in diversity at both the associate and partner level. My research suggests leverage, the ratio of associates to partners, may be the most significant factor on increasing the percent of lawyers that are women. Among minorities, high leverage instead showed a negative relationship. The most significantly negative factor on the percent of minorities in the firm was found to be the presence of a non-equity track promotion structure. In addition the quality of work environment and training held statistical significance on the percent of women.

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