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Law firms, in-house counsel offices will likely see talent explosion among female applicants

While still underrepresented at the top levels of most law firms, departments, women attorneys are applying for these positions

Women have faced a struggle to gain acceptance as professionals in many sectors of the economy. For instance, in 1980 there were no female senior executives among Fortune 500 companies. And even today, only about 4 percent of the 200 top U.S. law firms have female, firm-wide managing partners.

But the outlook is changing. Claudia Zeisberger, academic director of Insead's Global Private Equity Initiative, predicts in a recent article that there will be a major shift with women increasingly being among the candidates who fulfill requirements for job vacancies. She calls it an “explosion” of talent.

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