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Country of Citizenship Data

Oct 13, 2015, 10:16 AM

All-Term Applicants, Admitted Applicants & Matriculants to ABA-Approved Law Schools by Country of Citizenship

The following data encompass applicants, admitted applicants, and matriculants to ABA-approved law schools for all terms. 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.”
  • 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 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 2016 matriculant counts.
Country 2016
United States of America  Applicants 52,024
 Admitted Applicants 39,813
 Matriculants 34,721
Canada  Applicants 1,268
 Admitted Applicants 880
 Matriculants 569
China  Applicants 606
 Admitted Applicants 444
 Matriculants 337
Korea, Republic of (South)  Applicants 397
 Admitted Applicants 297
 Matriculants 220
Mexico  Applicants 308
 Admitted Applicants 195
 Matriculants 155
United Kingdom  Applicants 223
 Admitted Applicants 168
 Matriculants 140
Colombia  Applicants 163
 Admitted Applicants 110
 Matriculants 97
India  Applicants 157
 Admitted Applicants 100
 Matriculants 73
Iran (Islamic Republic of)  Applicants 124
 Admitted Applicants 83
 Matriculants 71
Israel  Applicants 91
 Admitted Applicants 75
 Matriculants 70
Germany  Applicants 94
 Admitted Applicants 77
 Matriculants 67
Nigeria  Applicants 167
 Admitted Applicants 79
 Matriculants 60
Brazil  Applicants 115
 Admitted Applicants 69
 Matriculants 53
France  Applicants 94
 Admitted Applicants 60
 Matriculants 49
Poland  Applicants 72
 Admitted Applicants 59
 Matriculants 47
Venezuela  Applicants 83
 Admitted Applicants 55
 Matriculants 46
Italy  Applicants 83
 Admitted Applicants 57
 Matriculants 46
Russian Federation  Applicants 71
 Admitted Applicants 51
 Matriculants 42
Lebanon  Applicants 54
 Admitted Applicants 43
 Matriculants 40
Ireland  Applicants 52
 Admitted Applicants 42
 Matriculants 39

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