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Ronit Dinovitzer

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Joint appointment

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Toronto


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Toronto

Research focus

The sociology of law, with a particular interest in the legal profession, focusing on the sources of inequality within the profession and the mechanisms that produce and reproduce them. Recent work has examined the gender gap in lawyer incomes, the distribution of lawyer satisfaction, and the career trajectories of urban law school graduates.


Employment Civil Rights

The Employment Civil Rights Project is generating findings on the changing dynamics of employment discrimination litigation, the types of cases that succeed in litigation, and the parties'…

Research Group on Legal Diversity

The American Bar Foundation is committed to expanding equity and opportunity within the legal profession and in society at large. It pursues this goal in the selection of its leadership, the hiring…

After the JD

The After the JD (AJD) project is the first and most ambitious effort to gather systematic, detailed data about the careers and experiences of a national cross-section of law graduates. It follows a…

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"Lawyers in Canada"
Lawyers in 21st Century Societies: National Reports
"The New Place of Corporate Law Firms in the Structuring of Elite Legal Careers"
Law & Social Inquiry
"The Interaction of Perceived Subjectivity and Pay Transparency on Professional Judgement in a Profit Pool Setting: The Case of Large Law Firms"
The Accounting Review

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Not That Into You: Why Are Associates So Unhappy - American Lawyer Sept. 1, 2009

Sep 4, 2009

Ronit Dinovitzer and Bryant Garth, "Not That Into You: Why are associates so unhappy? The answer my lie not in the nature of their jobs, but in the associates themselves," The American Lawyer,…

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The Financial Rewards of Elite Status in the Legal Profession
Nov 2013
Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Pathways from Law into Business (with D. Wilkins)
May 2013
Pursuing Diverse Talent in Legal and Professional Services: Research Within and Across Professions, Organizations, and Societies
May 2013 Robert L. Nelson, David Wilkins

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Secretary/Treasurer, American Sociological Association, Sociology of Law Section, 2009-2011
  • Co-Chair, Graduate Student Workshop Committee, Law & Society Association, 2008-2009
  • Regular Session Organizer, American Sociological Association, 2009
  • Program Committee, American Society of Criminology, 2008-9
  • Member, Editorial Board, Law & Social Inquiry, 2005-2010.
  • Ad hoc reviewer, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Member, International Prize Committee, Law & Society Association
  • Member, Article Prize Committee, Sociology of Law Section, American Sociological Association
  • Dean's Merit Award, University of Toronto, 2007 and 2012
  • Law School Admission Council Grants Committee, 2009-2012
  • Department of Sociology, Executive Committee, 2010-12
  • Department of Sociology (UTM), Third Year Review Committee, 2012
  • Department of Sociology (UTM), PTR Committee, 2011, 2012
  • Undergraduate Ethics Review Committee (UTM), 2010-2012
  • Department of Sociology (UTM), Lecturer Search Committee, 2012

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