Generational makeup of NZ legal profession revealed

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Generational makeup of NZ legal profession revealed

Data released by the New Zealand Law Society reveal that millennials are the largest proportion of the legal profession in the country, but that they still have a long way to go before accounting for more senior positions.

As of 1 February, 44% of all New Zealand-based practising lawyers are members of the millennial generation. The next largest group are Generation X lawyers, with 36%, followed by baby boomers, with 19%. The Silent Generation accounted for just 1% of all lawyers.

The Law Society defined the Silent Generation as those who were born in 1945 or earlier. Those born from 1946 to 1964 were included in the baby boomer generation, while those born from 1965 to 1980 were said to be in the Generation X category. Millennials were defined as those born from 1981 to 1995.

The Law Society data showed that 51% of women lawyers are millennials, 36% are Generation X, 13% are baby boomers, and just 0.1% are Silent Generation. Among men, millennials and Generation X accounted for 35% each, while baby boomers and the Silent Generation tallied 27% and 3%, respectively.

At the very top of firms in the partners and directors category, Generation X led with 52%, followed by baby boomers with 33%, millennials with 14%, and the Silent Generation with 1%.

Millennials make up the majority of firm employees with 70%, followed by Generation X with 23%, baby boomers with 7%, and the Silent Generation with 0.7%.

Generation Z, which was defined as those born from 1996 onward, made up just 0.1% of the legal profession, the Law Society said.

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