Applicants by Race/Ethnicity & Sex

The current volume summary of 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 applicants to ABA-approved law schools.
  • “All” applicants are rounded to the nearest hundred. All other volumes are rounded to the nearest ten.

Summary of Applicants (All Terms)

Applicant Group 2016 2017 2018
All Count 56,500 56,400 60,700
Percent change from prior year   -0.1% 7.6%

Race/Ethnicity of Applicants (All Terms)

Applicant Group 2016 2017 2018
American Indian/Alaska Native Count 1,270 1,290 1,380
Percent change from prior year   1.4% 7.1%
Asian Count 5,870 5,940 6,670
Percent change from prior year   1.2% 12.3%
Black/African American Count 8,520 8,440 8,940
Percent change from prior year   -1.0% 6.0%
Caucasian/White Count 34,740 35,080 37,950
Percent change from prior year   1.0% 8.2%
Hispanic/Latino Count 7,370 7,410 8,060
Percent change from prior year   0.5% 8.9%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander Count 250 270 290
Percent change from prior year   8.4% 5.6%
Puerto Rican Count 1,650 1,750 1,750
Percent change from prior year   5.9% 0.3%

Sex of Applicants (All Terms)

Applicant Group 2016 2017 2018
Female Count 29,490 30,010 32,610
Percent change from prior year   1.8% 8.7%
Male Count 26,760 26,130 27,610
Percent change from prior year   -2.4% 5.7%
Declined to Respond Count 230 270 460
Percent change from prior year   18.7% 68.5%

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 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.

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

Applicants by Gender/Sex Archives

View Archived Gender/Sex Data: 2001–2015