Archive: 2001–2009 Applicants by Race/Ethnicity

This is important.Please Note: Archived data are not comparable to current data.

A historic volume summary of applicants by ethnic group is available below. Please note:

  • These data display Academic Year. Academic year reflects the law school enrollment year. For example, academic year 2009 or 2009–2010 would indicate the academic year beginning in fall 2009 and extending into spring 2010.
  • The following data include applicants for the fall term only and also include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • These data reflect final end-of-year counts of applicants to ABA-approved law schools.
  • “All” applicants are rounded to the nearest hundred. All other volumes are rounded to the nearest ten.
  • % change from prior year is computed on unrounded counts.
Applicant Group Fall
2001
Fall
2002
Fall
2003
Fall
2004
Fall
2005
Fall
2006
Fall
2007
Fall
2008
Fall
2009
All Count 77,200 90,900 99,500 100,600 95,800 88,700 84,000 83,400 86,600
% change from prior year 3.6% 17.6% 9.5% 1.1% -4.8% -7.4% -5.2% -0.8% 3.8%
American Indian/
Alaskan Native
Count 580 640 740 780 760 730 730 730 660
% change from prior year -5.3% 10.4% 15.7% 6.0% -3.2% -3.2% 0.0% -1.0% -9.7%
Asian/
Pacific Islander
Count 5,530 6,970 8,060 8,570 7,940 7,220 7,000 7,140 7,530
% change from prior year 4.7% 26.0% 15.7% 6.3% -7.3% -9.2% -3.0% 2.1% 5.3%
Black/
African American
Count 8,650 9,700 10,600 10,670 10,010 9,340 9,090 9,430 9,880
% change from prior year 1.7% 12.2% 9.3% 0.7% -6.3% -6.6% -2.7% 3.8% 4.7%
Caucasian/
White
Count 51,190 59,570 64,110 64,870 62,560 58,070 54,180 52,960 55,110
% change from prior year 5.1% 16.4% 7.6% 1.2% -3.6% -7.2% -6.7% -2.2% 4.1%
Chicano/
Mexican American
Count 1,320 1,490 1,630 1,570 1,410 1,260 1,130 1,230 1,190
% change from prior year 0.2% 13.3% 9.1% -3.4% -10.4% -10.7% -10.0% 8.6% -2.8%
Hispanic/
Latino
Count 3,020 3,680 4,330 4,560 4,710 4,510 4,690 4,860 5,150
% change from prior year 2.3% 22.0% 17.5% 5.4% 3.2% -4.2% 3.9% 3.8% 5.9%
Puerto Rican Count 1,990 1,890 1,830 1,840 1,760 1,630 1,690 1,690 1,600
% change from prior year 1.8% -5.0% -3.4% 0.5% -4.4% -7.5% 4.1% -0.5% -5.3%
Other Count 3,360 4,030 4,670 4,670 4,640 4,420 4,270 4,220 4,390
% change from prior year 15.0% 20.1% 15.8% 0.0% -0.6% -4.5% -3.6% -1.1% 4.1%
No Ethnic ID Count 1,610 2,880 3,550 3,080 1,990 1,490 1,250 1,120 1,080
% change from prior year -31.1% 78.6% 23.3% -13.2% -35.4% -25.2% -16.1% -10.3% -3.8%

Due to significant changes in data collection methods, race/ethnicity data collected after 2009 are not directly comparable to prior data. Data from 2010–2015 are archived separately.

View Archived Race/Ethnicity Data: 2010–2015

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This is important.Please Note: Data starting in 2016 include applicants for all terms and do not include deferrals; therefore, archived data are not comparable to current data.

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