Over the last 35 years, data collected from our alumni through the University of Michigan Law School Alumni Survey Project have informed the research of scholars interested in a wide array of legal, policy, and social questions. To offer just a taste, this body of work has touched on satisfaction in the legal profession, the role of gender in the workplace, affirmative action in law school admissions and law firms, and much, much more. You can find a list of all of the articles of which we are aware below. (If you know of additional research using UMLS Alumni Survey Data, please let us know by contacting us at mlaw.repository@umich.edu.)

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Works from 2016

Tsedale M. Melaku, Race and Gender in the Advancement To Partnership: Perception of Black Female Lawyers, City University of New York, ProQuest Dissertation Publishing (2016)., Tsedale M. Melaku

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"The Returns to Elite Degrees: The Case of American Lawyers." Working Paper, 2016, Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer

Works from 2014

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Lawyers’ Self-Selection To Work in the Public or Private Sector: Is Government Performance Affected? University of Chicago Department of Economics Research Paper (September 2014)., David Burk, Quentin Karpilow, and Clifford Winston

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Essays on Labor Economics and Advertising Auctions (Ph.D Dissertation, University of Michigan), Joseph M. Golden

"A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter." Am. Econ. Rev. 104 (2014): 1-30., Claudia Goldin

Works from 2013

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Overstating the Satisfaction of Lawyers, David L. Chambers

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Satisfaction in the Practice of Law: Findings from a Long-Term Study of Attorneys' Careers, U. of Mich. Public Law Research Paper No. 330. (2013), David L. Chambers

Essays on Matching in Labor Economics (May 2013) (Ph.D dissertation, Harvard University)., Stephanie Hurder

Works from 2012

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"Welcome to the Club: The Returns to an Elite Degree for American Lawyers." Working Paper, 2012, Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer

"The Secret of My Success: How Status, Eliteness, and School Performance Shape Legal Careers." J. Empirical L. Stud. 9, no. 4 (2012): 893-930., Richard H. Sander and Jane Bambauer

Works from 2011

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"Listening to the Debate on Reforming Law School Admissions Preferences." Den. U. L. Rev. 88, no. 4 (2011): 889-953., Richard H. Sander

Works from 2010

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"The Returns to Attending a Prestigious Law School." Working Paper, 2010., Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer

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"Marooned: An Empirical Investigation of Law School Graduates Who Fail the Bar Exam." J. Legal Educ. 60, no. 1 (2010): 3-40., Jane Yakowitz

Works from 2009

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Starting Out: Changing Patterns of First Jobs for Michigan Law School Graduates, David L. Chambers and Terry K. Adams

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Who We Were and Who We Are: How Michigan Law Students Have Changed Since the 1950s: Findings from 40 Years of Alumni Surveys, David L. Chambers and Terry K. Adams

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"Men and Women of the Bar: The Impact of Gender on Legal Careers." Mich. J. Gender & L. 16, no. 1 (2009): 49-145., Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Marc S. Galanter, Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, and Kathleen E. Hull

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"The Returns to Attending a Prestigious Law School." Working Paper, 2009., Paul Oyer and Scott Schaefer

Works from 2008

"Why Do Women Lawyers Earn Less Than Men? Parenthood and Gender in a Survey of Law School Graduates." GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. (2008)., Neil H. Buchanan

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"Gender and the Legal Profession: The Michigan Alumni Data Set 1967-2000." LSAC Research Report Series (2008)., Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Marc S. Galanter, Kaushik Mukopadhay, and Kathleen E. Hull

"Are Women Closing the Partnership Gap? Cohort Differences in the Sex Gap in Partnership Chances." Soc. Sci. Res. 37, no. 1 (2008): 156-179., Mary C. Noonan, Mary E. Corcoran, and Paul N. Courant

Works from 2006

"A Response to Professor Sander: Is It Really All About the Grades?" N.C. L. Rev. 84, no. 5 (2006): 1823-39., James E. Coleman and Mitu Gulati

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"The Pride of Indiana: An Empirical Study of the Law School Experience and Careers of Indiana University School of Law - Bloomington Alumni." Ind. L.J. 81, no. 4 (2006): 1427-78., Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, Jeffrey E. Stake, Kaushik Mukopadhay, and Timothy A. Haley

"Enhancing Access to Health Care and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Status: A Compelling Case for Health Professions Schools to Implement Race-Conscious Admissions Policies." J. Health Care L. & Pol’y 9, no. 1 (2006): 77-104., Thomas E. Perez

"The Racial Paradox of the Corporate Law Firm." N.C. L. Rev. 84, no. 5 (2006): 1755-822., Richard H. Sander

Works from 2005

"Pay Differences Among the Highly Trained: Cohort Differences in the Sex Gap in Lawyers Earnings." Soc. Forces 84, no. 2 (2005): 853-72., Mary C. Noonan, Mary E. Corcoran, and Paul N. Courant

Works from 2004

"The Mommy Track and Partnership: Temporary Delay or Dead End?" Annals Am. Acad. Pol. & Soc. Sci. 596, no. 1 (2004): 130-50., Mary C. Noonan and Mary E. Corcoran

"The Value of Law Review Membership." U. Chi. L. Rev. 71, no. 4 (2004): 1721-48., Dexter Samida

Works from 2001

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Myths and Facts about Affirmative Action, Richard O. Lempert, David L. Chambers, and Terry K. Adams

Works from 2000

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Michigan's Minority Graduates in Practice: Answers to Methodological Queries, Richard O. Lempert, David L. Chambers, and Terry K. Adams

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Michigan's Minority Graduates in Practice: The River Runs through Law School, Richard O. Lempert, David L. Chambers, and Terry K. Adams

Works from 1999

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Doing Well and Doing Good: The Careers of Minority and White Graduates of the University of Michigan Law School, David L. Chambers, Richard O. Lempert, and Terry K. Adams

"The Fruits of our Labors: An Empirical Study of the Distribution of Income and Job Satisfaction Across the Legal Profession." J. Legal Educ. 49, no. 3 (1999): 342-66., Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt and Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt

"University of Michigan Law School Study: 30 Years of Affirmative Action." Jacksonville Free Press, 1999., Jacksonville Free Press

"On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession." Vand. L. Rev. 52, no. 4 (1999): 871-951., Patrick J. Schlitz

Works from 1998

"Beauty, Productivity, and Discrimination: Lawyers’ Looks and Lucre." J. Lab. Econ. 16, no. 1 (1998): 172-201., Daniel S. Hamermesh and Jeff E. Biddle

"Job Mobility and the Market for Lawyers." J. Pol. Econ. 106. no. 1 (1998): 147-71., Robert Sauer

Works from 1995

"Legal Education and Entry into the Legal Profession: the Role of Race, Gender, and Educational Debt." N.Y.U. L. Rev. 70, no. 2 (1995): 829-964., Lewis Kornhauser and Richard Revesz

Works from 1993

"Pay Differences Among the Highly Paid." J. Lab. Econ. 11, no. 3 (1993): 417-41., Robert G. Wood, Mary E. Corcoran, and Paul N. Courant

Works from 1992

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The Burdens of Educational Loans: The Impacts of Debt on Job Choice and Standards of Living for Students at Nine American Law Schools, David L. Chambers

Works from 1989

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Accommodation and Satisfaction: Women and Men Lawyers and the Balance of Work and Family, David L. Chambers

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Educational Debts and the Worsening Position of Small-Firm, Government, and Legal-Services Lawyers, David L. Chambers

Works from 1978

"A Survey of the Relevance of Legal Training to Law School Graduates." J. Legal Educ. 29 (1978): 264-94., Leonard L. Baird