About the research




Important transformations are changing the face of the legal professions and the legal careers in Western liberal states. Legal services to corporate clients appear to be increasingly globalized, with an impact on career opportunities. Simultaneously, a growing number of women are studying law, passing the Bar exam, and starting legal careers.

How significant is transnational mobility for the career track ? What are the biographical “turning points” for male and female lawyers in such professional contexts ? When and how do career differentiate from one another?

Funded by the Fonds National Suisse (FNS), our research analyzes how young male and female lawyers balance work and family obligations, and whether organizational changes in the legal profession affect their ability to pursue their career and family objectives. Our focus is comparative, and the selection of our case studies – Switzerland, France and Germany – has been designed to introduce variations in the factors potentially affecting the dynamics of the legal professions.



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