Numerous women have experienced great difficulty securing tenure at many institutions during the 1980's, even though significant numbers of women entered law teaching in that period. There currently is only an imperfect understanding of the reasons why women have encountered problems in attaining tenure. It is imperative that an enhanced appreciation of these difficulties be developed. If the problems are allowed to persist, the career and the personal well-being of every woman who considers seeking tenure are jeopardized, legal education's commitment to fairness is threatened, and the prospects for improving the treatment of women in the legal profession are reduced.

The first section of this piece examines data pertinent to the tenuring of women faculty in law schools. The analysis reveals that although women have achieved some progress, many problems remain. The second part assesses possible reasons for the difficulties witnessed and potential solutions to them. The concluding section offers suggestions for the future.

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