A study of US law schools found that while women make up half of the students, they tend to be in lower-grade schools and struggle to be accepted into the top institutions.
. . . women are often joining lower-ranked law schools especially in terms of their placement rates with law firms. This is a recent and growing issue; the report says and may have a correlation with how US test scores are used for admissions with those that men tend to excel in most highly ranked.
Author, Deborah Merritt says that the disadvantages that women face at law school level may transmit through their career in the legal profession, resulting in their lower representation at partner and leadership levels.