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Admitted Applicants by Race/Ethnicity (2010-2015 Archive)

Feb 17, 2017, 12:58 PM

Archive: 2010–2015 Admitted Applicants by Race/Ethnicity

Please Note

Archived data are not comparable to current data.

A historic volume summary of admitted applicants by race/ethnicity is available below. 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.
  • The following data include applicants for the fall term only and also include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”
  • Data starting in 2016 include applicants for all terms and do not include deferrals; therefore, archived data are not comparable to current data.
  • Due to significant changes in data collection methods, race/ethnicity data collected after 2009 are not directly comparable to prior data. Data from 2000–2009 are still available but have been archived separately.
  • Beginning in 2010, racial/ethnic data incorporate maximum reporting, which means that candidates may select multiple 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.
  • % change from prior year is computed on unrounded counts.
Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
All 60,400 55,800 50,600 45,700 43,500 42,300
% change from prior year 3.5% -7.7% -9.2% -9.8% -4.9% -2.8%
Summary of Admitted Applicants
American Indian/Alaska Native 780 900 900 930 890 840
% change from prior year 16.2% 0.0% 2.7% -4.0% -6.0%
Asian 5,310 5,450 5,050 4,620 4,650 4,320
% change from prior year 2.6% -7.3% -8.5% 0.7% -7.2%
Black/African American 4,680 4,610 4,860 4,670 4,760 4,680
% change from prior year -1.3% 5.3% -3.9% 2.0% -1.8%
Caucasian/White 41,410 35,920 35,620 31,790 29,330 28,400
% change from prior year -13.3% -0.8% -10.8% -7.7% -3.2%
Hispanic/Latino 4,430 4,560 4,700 4,630 4,550 4,670
% change from prior year 3.0% 2.9% -1.3% -1.8% 2.6%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 160 180 160 200 170 180
% change from prior year 10.4% -8.9% 21.3% -13.6% 4.1%
Puerto Rican 1,140 1,220 1,060 1,130 1,060 1,100
% change from prior year 7.8% -13.2% 6.5% -6.5% 4.2%

Gender/sex data from 2000–2015 are archived separately.

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