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The Legal Profession Under an Empirical Lens: Lawyers in Japan, Israel, Canada and India (Program)

Neta Ziv, Tel Aviv University, The Buchmann Faculty of Law (Israel) (Moderator); Ronit Dinovitzer, University of Toronto, Sociology (Canada); Swethaa Ballakrishnen, NYU (Abu Dhabi); and Kay-Wah Chan, Macquaire University, Sydney (Australia)

The Legal Profession Under an Empirical Lens: Lawyers in Japan, Israel, Canada and India

This panel inquires into empirical aspects of the legal profession in 4 countries: Canada/US, India, Israel and Japan. The Canada/US paper: "Early legal careers in comparative context: evidence from Canada and the United States", explores early careers by drawing on nationally representative surveys of lawyers' early careers in Canada and the United States. It examines the sorting of lawyers in sectors and settings as well as the mechanisms that are key to understanding this process. The paper from India "Same Same But Different | Accidental Feminism and Unintended Parity in India's Professional Firms", investigates mechanisms that produce gender hierarchies and identities in Indian law firms, attempting to understand how it came about that in India’s most prestigious law firms, women are one half the population, even at senior levels of the partnership. The paper from Japan: "What Have They Done Wrong?  - An Analysis of Disciplinary Actions against Japanese Attorneys: Past and Present", examines disciplinary proceedings against lawyers in Japan under the country's new professional regulatory system, and the Israeli paper: "After the LL.B. – An Empirical Study of the Israeli Legal Profession", attempts to unveil "the picture behind the numbers" of Israel's soaring legal profession, still the highest rate per capita in the world, and provide information about career patterns and personal makeup of the profession.

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