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Applicants by Ethnic & Gender Group

Oct 24, 2013, 11:39 AM

Applicants by Ethnic & Gender Group

The current volume summary of applicants by ethnic and gender group is available below. However, 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 Data from 2000–2009 are still available but have been archived separately.

Ethnic data now incorporate maximum reporting, which means that candidates may select multiple ethnicities. All selections are counted in each ethnic group. As a result of this overlap, summing the ethnic category totals will yield a larger number than is represented by the “All” group total.

The following data include deferrals. Deferrals are defined as “applicants admitted for a prior term who were granted a postponed enrollment to the current term.”

Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
All 87,900 78,500 67,900 59,400 55,700 54,500
% change from prior year -10.7% -13.5% -12.5% -6.2% -2.2%
Summary of Applicants
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian/Alaska Native 1,190 1,410 1,360 1,280 1,250 1,230
% change from prior year 18.5% -3.1% -6.1% -2.4% -1.0%
Asian 7,810 7,580 6,810 6,110 6,100 5,680
% change from prior year -3.0% -10.1% -10.3% -0.3% -6.8%
Black/African American 10,330 10,040 9,390 8,510 8,340 8,310
% change from prior year -2.8% -6.4% -9.4% -2.0% -0.3%
Caucasian/White 54,540 46,180 42,800 37,850 34,600 33,540
% change from prior year -15.3% -7.3% -11.6% -8.6% -3.0%
Hispanic/Latino 7,210 7,280 6,990 6,450 6,330 6,600
% change from prior year 0.9% -3.9% -7.7% -1.9% 4.3%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 290 290 260 280 270 260
% change from prior year -0.3% -10.5% 11.0% -5.3% -4.9%
Puerto Rican 1,950 2,020 1,820 1,860 1,560 1,580
% change from prior year 3.5% -9.9% 2.5% -16.5% 1.3%
Gender
Female 41,520 37,500 33,200 29,370 27,800 27,580
% change from prior year 0.0% -9.7% -11.5% -11.6% -5.4% -0.8%
Male 45,900 40,400 34,440 29,870 27,790 26,710
% change from prior year 3.1% -12.0% -14.7% -13.3% -6.9% -3.9%

Please Note

We no longer report Canadian Aboriginal data due to the small sample size.

  • Final end-of-year counts of applicants to ABA-approved law schools
  • Volumes rounded to nearest ten (all applicants rounded to nearest hundred)
  • % change from prior year computed on unrounded counts

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