Here at Indiana Law, I teach a course called The Law Firm as a Business Organization. In a nutshell, the course provides students with an overview of the historical, economic, and sociological factors that have shaped—and continue to shape—the modern legal marketplace.
This year, thanks to the dedication and hardwork of my colleagues, Ken Dau-Schmidt and Jeff Stake, my course includes extensive data on Indiana Law graduates; in other words, current IU students get to study the career trajectories of IU alumni. This has been an interesting experience as both a teacher and a researcher. The first study, which was explicitly designed to facilitate comparisons with the famous Michigan alumni dataset, is now available on SSRN: "The Pride of Indiana": An Empirical Study of the Law School Experience and Careers of Indiana University Law Alumni. (Ken and Jeff will also be presenting these results at the CELS conference in Oct.)
As we moved through some of the data last week, I noted some interesting breakdowns associated with the variable "% Spouse has intense job." This item reflects the percentage of respondents who are married to professionals with demanding jobs (e.g., other lawyers, doctors, business executives). Here is a summary of the "intense job" data along with some relevant additional variables:
As shown in the table above [click to enlarge], male and female Indiana Law graduates in both the five- and fifteen-year cohorts are fairly comparable on some dimensions (shown in blue): % married, size of families, % of spouses who are homemakers, and total household income. But there are consistent statistically significant differences along three dimensions (shown in green):