Admitted Applicants by Race/Ethnicity & Sex

The current volume summary of admitted applicants by race/ethnicity and sex is available below.

This is important. Please note:
  • These data display Academic Year. Academic year reflects the law school enrollment year. For example, academic year 2017 or 2017–2018 would indicate the academic year beginning in fall 2017 and extending into spring 2018
  • 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.”
  • Racial/ethnic data incorporate maximum reporting, which means that candidates may select multiple races/ethnicities. All selections are counted in each racial/ethnic group. As a result of this overlap, summing the racial/ethnic category totals will yield a larger number than is represented by the “All” group total.
  • These data reflect final end-of-year counts of admitted applicants to ABA-approved law schools.
  • “All” admitted applicants are rounded to the nearest hundred. All other volumes are rounded to the nearest ten.

Summary of Admitted Applicants (All Terms)

Admitted Applicants 2016 2017 2018
All Count 42,800 42,300 44,000
Percent change from prior year -1.3% 4.2%

Race/Ethnicity of Admitted Applicants
(All Terms)

Race/Ethnicity 2016 2017 2018
American Indian/
Alaska Native
Count 900 860 870
Percent change from prior year   -4.5% 1.5%
Asian Count 4,380 4,380 4,620
Percent change from prior year   -0.2% 5.6%
Black/African American Count 4,590 4,320 4,380
Percent change from prior year   -5.8% 1.3%
Caucasian/White Count 28,860 29,120 30,680
Percent change from prior year   0.9% 5.4%
Hispanic/Latino Count 5,000 4,950 5,080
Percent change from prior year   -1.1% 2.7%
Native Hawaiian/
Other Pacific Islander
Count 180 180 190
Percent change from prior year   -2.2% 9.0%
Puerto Rican Count 1,120 1,030 1,140
Percent change from prior year   -8.1% 10.3%

Sex of Admitted Applicants (All Terms)

Sex 2016 2017 2018
Female Count 21,840 21,870 23,090
Percent change from prior year   0.1% 5.6%
Male Count 20,780 20,190 20,670
Percent change from prior year   -2.9% 2.4%
Declined to Respond Count 190 210 280
Percent change from prior year   8.8% 33.3%

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 Admitted Applicants by Race/Ethnicity & Sex archives include data for 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Admitted Applicants by Race/Ethnicity Archives

Due to significant changes in data collection methods, race/ethnicity data collected after 2009 are not directly comparable to prior data.

View Archived Race/Ethnicity Data: 2010–2015

View Archived Race/Ethnicity Data: 2001–2009

Admitted Applicants by Gender/Sex Archives

View Archived Gender/Sex Data: 2001–2015