Admission Trends: Country of Citizenship for ABA Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Matriculants (All Term)

The following data encompass applicants, admitted applicants, and matriculants to ABA-approved law schools for all terms.

This is important.Please Note:
  • 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.
  • Applicants and admitted applicants exclude deferrals, while matriculants include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • The data include up to two citizenship designations for each applicant, meaning that “maximum reporting” was used for this analysis. In other words, an applicant who holds two citizenships was counted twice. Therefore, citizenship totals will not match total applicant, admitted applicant, or matriculant counts.
  • The top 20 countries with the highest matriculant counts for the most recent year are shown below. Data are ordered by highest to lowest, according to 2017 matriculant counts.
Country 2016 2017
United States of America  Applicants 51,932 51,909
 Admitted Applicants 39,747 39,350
 Matriculants 34,654 34,682
Canada  Applicants 1,268 1,122
 Admitted Applicants 880 767
 Matriculants 569 498
China  Applicants 606 736
 Admitted Applicants 444 523
 Matriculants 337 430
Korea, Republic of (South)  Applicants 397 392
 Admitted Applicants 297 295
 Matriculants 220 241
Mexico  Applicants 308 295
 Admitted Applicants 195 191
 Matriculants 155 159
United Kingdom  Applicants 223 224
 Admitted Applicants 168 185
 Matriculants 140 157
Colombia  Applicants 163 151
 Admitted Applicants 110 110
 Matriculants 97 91
Nigeria  Applicants 167 189
 Admitted Applicants 79 104
 Matriculants 60 87
Brazil  Applicants 115 136
 Admitted Applicants 69 96
 Matriculants 53 79
India  Applicants 157 147
 Admitted Applicants 100 86
 Matriculants 73 72
Iran (Islamic Republic of)  Applicants 124 111
 Admitted Applicants 83 82
 Matriculants 71 67
Germany  Applicants 94 85
 Admitted Applicants 77 67
 Matriculants 67 65
France  Applicants 94 101
 Admitted Applicants 60 76
 Matriculants 49 64
Russian Federation  Applicants 71 80
 Admitted Applicants 51 57
 Matriculants 42 52
Israel  Applicants 91 68
 Admitted Applicants 75 51
 Matriculants 70 44
Italy  Applicants 83 66
 Admitted Applicants 57 52
 Matriculants 46 43
Ireland  Applicants 52 58
 Admitted Applicants 42 47
 Matriculants 39 42
Poland  Applicants 72 58
 Admitted Applicants 59 46
 Matriculants 47 37
Pakistan  Applicants 63 74
 Admitted Applicants 32 46
 Matriculants 22 34
Jamaica  Applicants 75 85
 Admitted Applicants 35 39
 Matriculants 28 32

Older Data

This is important.Please Note: Archived data for 2015 and prior years include deferrals in all numbers; therefore, archived applicant and admitted applicant data are not comparable to current data.

The All Term Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Matriculants to ABA-Approved Law Schools by Country of Citizenship archive includes data for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

View Archived Data (2011–2015)