Women lawyers ride high on World Cup
There has been talk about the “World Cup Jinks”at districts where students and graduates prepare for the state exam for legal office.
As everyone knows, the World Cup football tournament is held every four years and it so happens that women applicants are much more successful during those years.
According to statistics, the proportion of women candidates who passed the bar exam increased from 17 percent in 2001 to 24 percent in 2002 when the World Cup was hosted in Korea and Japan, but fell back to 20 percent in the following year.
Then, in 2006 when the World Cup was held in Germany, successful women applicants reached 38 percent, considerably higher than in 2005. The percentage reached 42.1 percent in 2010 when the quadrennial event was organized in South Africa.
According to a study conducted by Prof. Park Jong-hee of Seoul National University in conjunction with Prof. Andrew Marti of the University of Washington, the World Cup contributed to the diversification of participants in the legal circle.
“There is clear evidence that the World Cup had strong influence on the increase of women’s participation in the legal circle,” said Prof. Park.