DOING BETTER STARTS WITH KNOWING BETTER
MCCA supports corporate America’s leaders in doing better to make companies more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. And we believe lawyers are uniquely positioned to inspire and encourage that progress. We also know data collection and transparency are a critical first step towards real change—because from transparency springs accountability, and from accountability comes change. That’s why, since 2004, we’ve collected and published first-of-its-kind data about diversity across America’s law firms—including diversity of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability status and in 2021, military veteran status. We survey firms each year, measure their progress, and demand accountability by sharing our findings with participating firms as a benchmark for progress. With widespread support from the nation’s leading law firms and corporate counsel, MCCA’s law firm diversity survey—along with our accompanying survey report, Database, and Scorecard—has become the industry standard for tracking law firm efforts to increase diversity within the profession.
If your firm is interested in participating in the Law Firm Diversity Survey, please click here to learn more. There is no fee for participation, and the survey is open to all law firms, including MCCA members and non-members.
MCCA launched its Law Firm Diversity Database (“Database”) in 2004 to make the information from our annual survey easily accessible for participating firms interested in comparing their DEI progress to that of peer firms and measuring their performance over time against industry-wide benchmarks. The Database offers dashboards, trends analysis, and tools to more easily compare progress across firms. Participating firms can explore over a decade of data—provided by over 225 firms each year.
The data includes:
- Quantitative data on firm demographics across key diversity indicators, including race and ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, and military service
- Breakdowns of these demographics across firms, from summer associates to partners
- Demographics of hiring, offer rates, and attrition rates
- Information about firms’ diversity plans and initiatives
- Complete, self-reported survey responses, which offer a comprehensive picture of each firm’s diversity commitment and initiatives.
Firms that participate in our annual survey of law firm diversity are participating in a collective effort to advance the legal profession into a better and brighter future—because they are contributing to critical data collection and analysis each of them can draw on to develop and implement effective DEI strategies.
If your firm participates in our annual Law Firm Diversity Survey, you can refer to the Database over time to set tangible, evidence-based goals for your diversity initiatives—and to hold yourselves accountable to your stakeholders, colleagues, and competitors. You can access not just your own data, but that of other firms, too—because transparency is critical to remaining accountable, and to pushing ourselves to keep pursuing creative solutions.
We encourage every law firm to join this data-driven movement toward a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable profession. If your firm is interested in participating in the Law Firm Diversity Survey, please click here to learn more. There is no fee for participation, and the survey is open to all law firms, including MCCA members and non-members.
Will law firm Scorecards be available in the Database?
No, Scorecards will not be available in the Database. MCCA only shares Scorecards with the respective law firm.
Who will have access to data via the Database?
The general public will have the ability to register and have access to aggregated industry data. This includes law students who are preparing for OCI.
Non-member law firms that participated in the MCCA Law Firm Diversity Surveys will only have access to aggregated industry data at this time.
MCCA members (law firms and corporate legal departments) will have access to aggregated industry data and law firm-specific data for any firm that has participated in the Survey from 2007 onward.
How can I register for the Database?
MCCA Members receive full access to the Diversity Database as a membership benefit and must register utilizing their work email address to receive membership access to the Database. The Database will recognize the email address domain name and allow full access to the Database features and the full set of data.
Non-members may also register for the Diversity Database to review industry aggregated data but will not have access to the full set of data.
Please click below to verify if your organization is an MCCA member:
How do I use the Database?
Once registered and logged in, be sure to download and read the “User Guide” on the Announcements page. The guide includes step-by-step instructions on how to make the most use of the Diversity Database such as:
- Accessing & navigating the interactive dashboards
- How to filter data
- Exporting data
- And much more!
You may also follow along these tutorial videos:
- How to View Trend Analysis by Firm
- How to View Table by Firm
- How to View Trend by Racial Ethnic Group
Which tools are available on the Database?
The Database offers dashboards, trends analysis, and tools to more easily compare progress across firms. Members and non-members can explore over a decade of data provided by over 225 firms. Log in today to explore the following:
Quantitative Data Tables
- Key Statistics
- Aggregate Table
- Table by Firm*
- Table by Firm Size
- Table by Attorney Group
Quantitative Data Charts
- Trend by Firm*
- Trend by Racial/Ethnic Group
- Trend by Gender
- Attorney Category Composition
- Law Firm Diversity Initiatives
*Available only to MCCA Members