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Juggling Act: Balancing Home and Career

NCJ Number
Trial Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Dated: (February 1990) Pages: 48-49
B Gelder; Van
Date Published
2 pages
Balancing family responsibilities and a legal career has led some women lawyers away from full-time criminal litigation and into part-time civil litigation.
Full-time criminal and civil litigation case preparation takes 60 or more hours of work per week, often making it difficult for women lawyers to have time with their families. A solution for some is dividing a full-time civil litigation job between two part-time attorneys. Because of hiring constraints and heavy caseloads, however, job sharing is not as common as some would hope. To carry out a part-time litigation position, an attorney should have full-time child care, for scheduling priorities often mean that even part-timers must work long hours.


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