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ARCHIVE Country of Citizenship Data

May 22, 2017, 11:14 AM

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

Please Note

Archived applicant and admitted applicant data are not comparable to current data.

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.
  • These data include deferrals in all numbers. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • Starting in 2016, applicants and admitted applicants exclude deferrals, while matriculants include deferrals; 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 2015 matriculant counts.
Country 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
United States of America  Applicants 72,719 64,970 57,632 53,306 52,313
 Admitted Applicants 51,933 48,885 44,147 41,592 40,596
 Matriculants 43,143 40,216 37,061 35,533 34,706
Canada  Applicants 1,619 1,549 1,375 1,302 1,323
 Admitted Applicants 997 984 897 875 929
 Matriculants 585 611 548 574 594
China  Applicants 490 464 443 558 573
 Admitted Applicants 321 327 339 404 419
 Matriculants 251 241 270 307 338
Korea, Republic of (South)  Applicants 500 443 411 494 405
 Admitted Applicants 340 311 301 366 305
 Matriculants 246 237 217 266 237
Mexico  Applicants 270 277 266 282 327
 Admitted Applicants 140 179 169 180 220
 Matriculants 114 133 138 155 172
United Kingdom  Applicants 324 271 241 232 213
 Admitted Applicants 236 213 198 188 167
 Matriculants 189 157 157 158 126
Nigeria  Applicants 221 225 202 188 186
 Admitted Applicants 93 114 105 97 109
 Matriculants 67 84 80 77 81
Colombia  Applicants 140 143 134 146 132
 Admitted Applicants 74 94 88 99 93
 Matriculants 57 73 72 79 75
India  Applicants 196 185 171 159 147
 Admitted Applicants 116 115 106 109 101
 Matriculants 79 87 79 81 72
Brazil  Applicants 138 114 139 107 123
 Admitted Applicants 83 78 100 73 89
 Matriculants 65 61 80 61 70
Germany  Applicants 123 88 100 103 108
 Admitted Applicants 95 66 73 77 82
 Matriculants 70 43 52 61 62
Iran (Islamic Republic of)  Applicants 181 152 125 117 105
 Admitted Applicants 123 121 81 84 80
 Matriculants 91 92 61 66 62
Israel  Applicants 148 125 113 80 80
 Admitted Applicants 120 103 96 65 69
 Matriculants 92 85 76 52 56
Italy  Applicants 105 97 104 93 84
 Admitted Applicants 72 71 79 67 67
 Matriculants 54 53 62 59 53
France  Applicants 107 104 80 85 85
 Admitted Applicants 75 74 60 61 61
 Matriculants 53 57 51 50 52
Ireland  Applicants 94 83 73 67 70
 Admitted Applicants 73 70 56 53 62
 Matriculants 62 51 48 42 51
Pakistan  Applicants 98 105 82 75 84
 Admitted Applicants 51 67 47 44 61
 Matriculants 34 47 36 28 41
Taiwan  Applicants 83 72 62 70 69
 Admitted Applicants 54 42 43 45 47
 Matriculants 39 34 32 27 40
Lebanon  Applicants 67 44 55 48 55
 Admitted Applicants 43 30 41 34 46
 Matriculants 31 25 35 27 39
Cuba  Applicants 75 66 57 57 65
 Admitted Applicants 49 48 38 37 47
 Matriculants 40 34 36 36 39

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