Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Criminal Justice

Degree Program

Criminal Justice, PhD

Committee Chair

Higgins, George

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Andreescu, Viviana

Committee Member

Andreescu, Viviana

Committee Member

Grossi, Elizabeth

Committee Member

Marcum, Catherine

Author's Keywords

lawyers; job satisfaction; workplace discrimination; general strain theory; gender-differential effects


The purpose of this study was to investigate the direct and indirect relationships between workplace discrimination and job satisfaction for lawyers. Using the After the JD – Wave 1 data, a national longitudinal survey of law school graduates with a sample size of 4,538, and following a general strain theory approach, structural equation models were conducted to analyze gender-differential effects of perceived discrimination on lawyer’s job satisfaction. The results indicated that men and women lawyers differ in their experience with workplace discrimination and their job satisfaction. Notably, women lawyers were found to experience more instances of workplace discrimination compared to their male counterparts. Women lawyers were also more likely to be dissatisfied with their jobs compared to men. Lastly, women lawyers were more likely to experience workplace discrimination, which in turns, had a negative effect on their job satisfaction.