The following data encompass applicants, admitted applicants, and matriculants to ABA-approved law schools for all terms.
- 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.
|United States of America||Applicants||51,932||51,909|
|Korea, Republic of (South)||Applicants||397||392|
|Iran (Islamic Republic of)||Applicants||124||111|
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.