Admission Trends: ABA Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Applications

  • These data display Academic Year. Academic year reflects the law school enrollment year. For example, academic year 2016 or 2016–2017 would indicate the academic year beginning in fall 2016 and extending into spring 2017.
  • Data starting in 2016 include applicants for all terms and do not include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • Volumes are rounded to the nearest hundred.
Year ABA Applicants ABA Admitted Applicants ABA Applications
Final End-of-Year Count % Change from Prior Year Final End-of-Year Count % Change from Prior Year Final End-of-Year Count % Change from Prior Year
All Terms 2018 60,700 7.6% 44,000 4.2% 387,100 8.6%
All Terms 2017 56,400 -0.1% 42,300 -1.3% 356,500 1.5%
All Terms 2016 56,500 42,800 351,100

Older Data

This is important.Please Note: Archived data for 2015 and prior years include applicants for the fall term only and also include deferrals; therefore, archived data are not comparable to current data.

The ABA End-of-Year Summary of Applicants, Admitted Applicants, and Applications archive includes data for each year from 2000 through 2015.

View Archived Data (2000–2015)

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For more ABA data, including an enrollment summary, please visit ABA Statistics.