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National Lawyer Population Survey 2021 (pdf)

06/16/2021 | 03:30pm EDT

ABA National Lawyer Population Survey

Lawyer Population by State

Year

2021

Resident Active Attorney Count

This Year

Last Year

% Change from

Prior Year

State

Alabama

14,897

14,897

0.0%

Alaska

2,340

2,324

0.7%

American Samoa

55

55

0.0%

Arizona

15,688

15,081

4.0%

Arkansas

6,808

6,299

8.1%

California

167,709

168,569

-0.5%

Colorado

22,802

22,802

0.0%

Connecticut

21,036

21,036

0.0%

Delaware

3,058

3,058

0.0%

Dist. of Columbia

28,011

27,743

1.0%

Florida

77,223

79,328

-2.7%

Georgia

33,158

32,584

1.8%

Guam

262

262

0.0%

Hawaii

4,184

4,270

-2.0%

Idaho

4,029

3,967

1.6%

Illinois

62,720

62,720

0.0%

Indiana

15,802

15,761

0.3%

Iowa

7,452

7,306

2.0%

Kansas

7,932

8,045

-1.4%

Kentucky

13,570

13,570

0.0%

Louisiana

21,414

20,568

4.1%

Maine

3,985

3,995

-0.3%

Maryland

40,800

40,800

0.0%

Massachusetts

42,720

42,908

-0.4%

Michigan

35,453

35,453

0.0%

Minnesota

26,065

25,823

0.9%

Mississippi

6,845

6,886

-0.6%

Missouri

24,369

24,369

0.0%

Montana

3,183

3,167

0.5%

Nebraska

5,546

5,546

0.0%

Nevada

7,482

7,509

-0.4%

New Hampshire

3,495

3,495

0.0%

New Jersey

40,137

41,152

-2.5%

New Mexico

5,612

5,612

0.0%

New York

185,076

184,662

0.2%

North Carolina

24,253

24,253

0.0%

North Dakota

1,696

1,697

-0.1%

North Mariana Islands

134

134

0.0%

Ohio

38,189

38,189

0.0%

Oklahoma

13,713

13,549

1.2%

Oregon

12,158

12,196

-0.3%

Palau

44

50

-12.0%

Pennsylvania

49,087

49,249

-0.3%

Puerto Rico

13,944

13,944

0.0%

Rhode Island

4,071

4,071

0.0%

South Carolina

10,853

10,798

0.5%

South Dakota

1,985

1,907

4.1%

Tennessee

18,818

18,818

0.0%

Texas

93,821

92,833

1.1%

Utah

8,581

8,473

1.3%

Vermont

2,198

3,612

-39.1%

Virgin Islands

776

776

0.0%

Virginia

24,020

24,230

-0.9%

Washington

26,701

26,316

1.5%

West Virginia

4,770

4,770

0.0%

Wisconsin

15,488

15,482

0.0%

Wyoming

1,692

1,773

-4.6%

TOT

TOTAL

1,327,910

1,328,742

-0.1%

Compiled by: American Bar Association, 321 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

  • Individual state bar associations or licensing agencies are asked to provide the number of resident and active attorneys as of December 31st of the prior year, e.g. 2021 data is as of 12/31/2020. The numbers reflected here are the best available data provided to the ABA from the respective associations or agencies.

Notes: Vermont returned to tracking resident/non-resident status in 2021; the count now reflects resident active attorneys. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons,

not all states and territories participated in 2021; prior year responses (2019 or 2020) were used for the following: Alabama, American Samoa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia. Responses from 2018 were used for Virgin Islands.

Copyright © 2021 American Bar Association, All Rights Reserved.

The ABA hereby grants permission for copies of the materials herein to be made, in whole or in part, for classroom use in an institution of higher learning or for use by not-for- profit organizations, provided that the use is for informational, educational, non-commercial purposes only and any copy of the materials or portion thereof acknowledges original publication by the ABA, including the title of the publication, the name of the author, and the legend "Reprinted with permission of the American Bar Association. All rights reserved." Requests to reproduce portions of this publication in any other manner should be sent to ABA Reprints, Licensing & Permissions at www.americanbar.org/reprint.

Resource also found at: http://www.americanbar.org/resources_for_lawyers/profession_statistics.html

ABA National Lawyer Population Survey 10-Year Trend in Lawyer Population by State

Year

2021

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Index

Resident Active Attorney Count

% Change

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

from 2011

State

AL

Alabama (1,24)

13,876

14,135

14,303

14,531

14,630

14,666

14,717

14,822

14,821

14,897

14,897

7.4%

AK

Alaska (22)

2,451

2,418

2,442

2,469

2,456

2,439

2,402

2,311

2,324

2,324

2,340

-4.5%

AS

American Samoa (13,22,24)

47

44

64

102

102

98

59

59

55

55

55

17.0%

AZ

Arizona (4,22)

14,471

14,471

16,208

15,993

16,155

15,926

14,960

15,601

15,081

15,081

15,688

8.4%

AR

Arkansas (7,11,18)

5,545

5,928

5,953

5,970

5,970

7,320

6,851

7,080

6,693

6,299

6,808

22.8%

CA

California

157,388

159,824

163,163

163,327

165,952

167,690

168,746

170,044

170,117

168,569

167,709

6.6%

CO

Colorado (22,24)

20,211

20,768

21,094

21,545

21,761

21,781

22,164

21,099

22,802

22,802

22,802

12.8%

CT

Connecticut (7,11,22,24)

20,585

20,842

21,150

18,655

18,655

21,517

21,341

21,111

21,036

21,036

21,036

2.2%

DE

Delaware (22,24)

2,820

2,853

2,888

2,881

2,921

2,952

2,978

2,978

3,058

3,058

3,058

8.4%

DC

Dist. of Columbia (6,20)

50,440

51,271

51,928

51,928

52,089

52,711

54,692

53,778

56,135

27,743

28,011

-44.5%

FL

Florida (6)

64,715

66,556

68,464

68,464

74,258

75,697

77,008

78,244

78,448

79,328

77,223

19.3%

GA

Georgia

28,871

28,520

28,974

30,463

31,340

31,499

31,672

32,802

32,409

32,584

33,158

14.8%

GU

Guam (2,4,5,22,24)

256

256

256

313

313

266

266

270

262

262

262

2.3%

HI

Hawaii (22)

4,054

4,107

4,132

4,260

4,193

4,224

4,236

4,261

4,270

4,270

4,184

3.2%

ID

Idaho

3,553

3,627

3,725

3,705

3,736

3,714

3,836

3,882

3,911

3,967

4,029

13.4%

IL

Illinois (2,4,22,24)

60,069

60,069

62,496

61,871

63,211

63,060

62,782

63,422

62,720

62,720

62,720

4.4%

IN

Indiana (3,7,11,13)

14,016

15,512

15,646

15,883

15,883

15,854

15,826

15,826

15,845

15,761

15,802

12.7%

IA

Iowa (22)

7,200

7,308

7,383

7,183

7,526

7,560

7,523

7,454

7,306

7,306

7,452

3.5%

KS

Kansas (7,22)

8,129

8,156

8,199

8,261

8,266

8,234

8,218

8,131

8,045

8,045

7,932

-2.4%

KY

Kentucky (22,24)

12,579

12,891

13,061

13,328

13,448

13,451

13,509

13,540

13,570

13,570

13,570

7.9%

LA

Louisiana (7,18,22)

17,974

18,327

18,528

18,532

18,775

19,099

19,307

18,918

20,568

20,568

21,414

19.1%

ME

Maine (6,22)

3,718

3,865

3,863

3,863

3,944

3,931

3,940

3,988

3,995

3,995

3,985

7.2%

MD

Maryland (12,17,22,24)

22,172

22,477

23,068

23,508

23,902

24,142

38,800

40,309

40,800

40,800

40,800

84.0%

MA

Massachusetts

41,920

42,483

43,008

44,257

43,974

43,221

43,442

42,926

42,788

42,908

42,720

1.9%

MI

Michigan (7,22,24)

33,370

33,692

33,995

34,739

34,739

35,087

35,236

35,362

35,453

35,453

35,453

6.2%

MN

Minnesota (7,18,22)

23,363

23,774

24,091

25,272

24,522

24,952

25,483

25,252

25,823

25,823

26,065

11.6%

MS

Mississippi (6,22)

6,886

6,955

6,955

6,955

7,059

7,094

7,067

7,007

6,886

6,886

6,845

-0.6%

MO

Missouri (7,22,24)

23,933

24,276

24,423

25,337

25,337

24,922

24,787

24,754

24,369

24,369

24,369

1.8%

MT

Montana

2,980

3,008

3,046

3,084

3,126

3,140

3,159

3,179

3,184

3,167

3,183

6.8%

NE

Nebraska (6,24)

5,238

4,983

5,028

5,028

5,361

5,506

5,545

5,565

5,555

5,546

5,546

5.9%

NV

Nevada (6,17)

6,732

6,850

7,080

7,080

6,858

7,219

7,281

7,333

7,030

7,509

7,482

11.1%

NH

New Hampshire (19,24)

3,423

3,449

3,507

3,515

3,521

3,506

3,507

3,523

3,523

3,495

3,495

2.1%

NJ

New Jersey (10,22)

40,754

40,997

40,993

41,250

41,569

41,569

41,168

41,021

41,152

41,152

40,137

-1.5%

NM

New Mexico (6,22,24)

5,318

5,513

5,468

5,468

5,547

5,581

5,524

5,428

5,612

5,612

5,612

5.5%

NY

New York (17)

161,031

163,798

166,317

169,756

172,630

175,195

177,035

179,600

182,296

184,662

185,076

14.9%

NC

North Carolina (7,22,24)

20,706

21,280

21,855

23,136

23,136

23,325

23,694

24,087

24,253

24,253

24,253

17.1%

ND

North Dakota

1,448

1,546

1,560

1,599

1,665

1,669

1,698

1,694

1,687

1,697

1,696

17.1%

MP

North Mariana Islands (22,24)

130

135

135

210

210

126

123

128

134

134

134

3.1%

OH

Ohio (22,24)

38,118

37,745

38,541

38,234

38,849

38,237

38,623

37,873

38,189

38,189

38,189

0.2%

OK

Oklahoma (9,16,21)

11,704

12,978

11,970

13,465

13,465

13,431

13,470

11,695

11,768

13,549

13,713

17.2%

OR

Oregon (5,6)

12,065

12,276

12,276

12,276

12,464

12,475

12,227

12,427

12,274

12,196

12,158

0.8%

PW

Palau (22,25)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

44

50

50

44

N/A

PA

Pennsylvania

48,492

48,947

49,697

50,072

48,992

49,644

49,406

50,112

50,039

49,249

49,087

1.2%

PR

Puerto Rico (2,4,6,11,22,24)

13,282

13,282

14,193

14,193

15,318

13,673

14,293

14,008

13,944

13,944

13,944

5.0%

RI

Rhode Island (7,22,24)

4,114

4,060

4,173

4,179

4,224

4,219

4,167

4,154

4,071

4,071

4,071

-1.0%

SC

South Carolina

9,384

9,537

9,587

9,874

10,031

10,208

10,316

10,445

10,568

10,798

10,853

15.7%

SD

South Dakota (19)

1,880

1,865

1,905

1,934

1,939

1,960

1,933

1,995

1,995

1,907

1,985

5.6%

TN

Tennessee (6,24)

16,630

16,947

17,203

17,203

17,965

18,288

18,461

18,695

18,702

18,818

18,818

13.2%

TX

Texas

78,844

80,657

82,607

84,800

86,494

87,957

89,361

90,485

91,244

92,833

93,821

19.0%

UT

Utah (6)

6,552

7,309

7,840

7,840

8,413

8,468

8,204

8,285

8,362

8,473

8,581

31.0%

VT

Vermont (6,14,18,22,23)

2,263

2,270

2,300

2,300

2,272

2,326

2,326

2,227

3,612

3,612

2,198

-2.9%

VI

Virgin Islands (4,5,8,13,15,19,22,24)

650

650

650

456

456

561

372

776

776

776

776

19.4%

VA

Virginia (7,22,24)

23,936

24,091

24,468

24,064

24,062

24,193

24,249

24,208

24,230

24,230

24,020

0.4%

WA

Washington

23,503

23,741

24,032

24,620

24,844

25,577

25,786

26,057

26,182

26,316

26,701

13.6%

WV

West Virginia (7,22,24)

4,753

4,854

4,901

4,942

4,918

4,922

4,862

4,849

4,770

4,770

4,770

0.4%

WI

Wisconsin (7)

15,252

15,364

15,538

15,481

15,481

15,072

15,549

15,539

15,512

15,482

15,488

1.5%

WY

Wyoming (7,22,24)

1,658

1,668

1,681

1,778

1,778

1,715

1,776

1,716

1,773

1,773

1,692

2.1%

TOTAL

1,225,452

1,245,205

1,268,011

1,281,432

1,300,705

1,312,869

1,335,963

1,342,379

1,352,077

1,328,742

1,327,910

8.4%

Data Source: American Bar Association's National Lawyer Population Survey

  • Individual state bar associations or licensing agencies are asked to provide the number of resident and active attorneys as of December 31st of the prior year, e.g. 2021 data is as of 12/31/2020. The numbers reflected here are the best available data provided to us from the respective associations or agencies; significant exceptions are noted below.
    1. The Alabama number reflects all resident attorneys regardless of whether they were active or not.
    2. Illinois, Guam, and Puerto Rico did not provide current data for 2011 so prior year's stats were used.
    3. During 2011, Indiana began using a new system for attorney registration leading to greater accuracy in reporting in 2012.
    4. Arizona, Illinois, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands did not provide current data for 2012 so prior year's stats were used.
    5. Oregon, Guam, and the Virgin Islands did not provide current data for 2013 so prior year's stats were used.
    6. Dist. of Columbia, Florida, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Utah, and Vermont did not provide current data for 2014 so the data from the most recent submission were used.
    7. Due to timing of the survey in 2014, the following states submitted data from Fall 2014 rather than as of December 31, 2013: Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming. All but Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Virginia, and West Virginia chose not to submit updated data for the 2015 survey.
    8. Prior to the 2014 survey, the Virgin Islands did not report on active/inactive status. The decrease in 2014 is a more accurate representation of Resident Active lawyers.
    9. Prior to the 2014 survey, Oklahoma excluded lawyers categorized as "Over 70" from their Resident Active submission. The 2014 results include this group.
    10. In 2016, New Jersey was in the process of a system conversion and was not able to provide information in time to be included in the survey. As a result, the most recent prior submission was used.
    11. In 2016, four agencies had changes in the availability of Active/Inactive status data. Arkansas, Connecticut, and Indiana were not able to provide a breakout of Active/Inactive status for Resident attorneys as they had in prior years. Puerto Rico had not provided Active/Inactive status details in prior years, but was able to provide it for the 2016 survey. In 2018, Indiana corrected the resident active figures for 2016; this report has been updated to reflect the new total attorney count for 2016 than was previously reported.
    12. In 2017, the source of the Maryland data changed from the voluntary Maryland State Bar to the Maryland Supreme Court. The Maryland Supreme Court does not track residency status, leading to larger results than prior years.
    13. In 2017, three agencies had changes in the availability of Active/Inactive status data. Indiana was not able to provide a breakout of Active/Inactive status for Resident attorneys in 2016, but was able to for 2017. American Samoa had not provided Residency or Active status details in recent years, but was able to provide it for the 2017 survey. Virgin Islands changed its classifications for the Active/Inactive status for the 2017 survey.
    14. Vermont was not able to provide current data for 2017 so the data from the most recent submission were used.
    15. Virgin Islands was not able to provide residency in 2018 due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
    16. In 2018, Oklahoma removed senior members from the Resident Active count (they can still practice but are over the age of 70).
    17. In 2019, Maryland, Nevada, and New York provided corrected 2018 lawyer counts; this report reflects the corrected 2018 total attorney count.
    18. In 2019, four agencies had changes in the availability of residency data. Arkansas adopted a new software system and cleaned up data; the decrease in 2019 is a more accurate representation of Resident Active Lawyers. Louisiana changed how it reports residency status, causing an increase in the reported lawyer count. Minnesota and Vermont no longer track resident/non-resident status; the counts now reflects all active lawyers.
    19. New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Virgin Islands did not provide current data for 2019, so prior year's stats were used.
    20. In 2020, the District of Columbia changed how it reports residency status to report DC addresses only and not the DC metro area.
    21. In 2020, Oklahoma returned senior members to the Resident Active count after excluding them in 2018 and 2019.
    22. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons, not all states and territories participated in 2020; prior year responses were used for the following: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Mariana Islands, Ohio, Palau, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming.
    23. In 2021, Vermont returned to tracking resident/non-resident status; the count now reflects resident active attorneys.
    24. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other reasons, not all states and territories participated in 2021; prior year responses (2019 or 2020) were used for the following: Alabama, American Samoa, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Guam, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, West Virginia. Responses from 2018 were used for Virgin Islands.
    25. Data for Palau not available prior to 2018.

Copyright © 2021 American Bar Association, All Rights Reserved.

The ABA hereby grants permission for copies of the materials herein to be made, in whole or in part, for classroom use in an institution of higher learning or for use by not-for-profit organizations, provided that the use is for informational, educational, non-commercial purposes only and any copy of the materials or portion thereof acknowledges original publication by the ABA, including the title of the publication, the name of the author, and the legend "Reprinted with permission of the American Bar Association. All rights reserved." Requests to reproduce portions of this publication in any other manner should be sent to ABA Reprints, Licensing & Permissions at www.americanbar.org/reprint.

ABA National Lawyer Population Survey

Historical Trend in Total National Lawyer Population 1878 - 2021

Resident Active

% Change from

Resident Active

% Change from

Year

Attorney Total

Prior Year

Year

Attorney Total

Prior Year

81

2021

1,327,910

-0.1%

40

1980

574,810

15.4%

80

2020

1,328,742

-1.7%

39

1979

498,249

7.2%

79

2019

1,352,077

0.7%

38

1978

464,851

7.6%

78

2018

1,342,379

0.5%

37

1977

431,918

1.6%

77

2017

1,335,963

1.8%

36

1976

424,980

5.0%

76

2016

1,312,869

0.9%

35

1975

404,772

5.0%

75

2015

1,300,705

1.5%

34

1974

385,515

5.4%

74

2014

1,281,432

1.1%

33

1973

365,875

2.1%

73

2013

1,268,011

1.8%

32

1972

358,520

4.5%

72

2012

1,245,205

1.6%

31

1971

342,980

4.9%

71

2011

1,225,452

1.9%

30

1970

326,842

1.7%

70

2010

1,203,097

1.9%

29

1969

321,473

1.7%

69

2009

1,180,386

1.6%

28

1968

316,104

1.7%

68

2008

1,162,124

1.6%

27

1967

310,736

1.8%

67

2007

1,143,358

2.4%

26

1966

305,368

1.8%

66

2006

1,116,967

1.1%

25

1965

300,000

0.9%

65

2005

1,104,766

1.9%

24

1964

297,186

1.0%

64

2004

1,084,504

2.4%

23

1963

294,372

1.0%

63

2003

1,058,662

0.8%

22

1962

291,559

1.0%

62

2002

1,049,751

0.1%

21

1961

288,746

1.0%

61

2001

1,048,903

2.6%

20

1960

285,933

2.6%

60

2000

1,022,462

2.2%

19

1959

278,746

2.6%

59

1999

1,000,440

1.5%

18

1958

271,560

2.7%

58

1998

985,921

3.4%

17

1957

264,373

2.8%

57

1997

953,260

0.7%

16

1956

257,186

2.9%

56

1996

946,499

5.6%

15

1955

250,000

12.8%

55

1995

896,140

3.5%

14

1950

221,605

10.8%

54

1994

865,614

2.3%

13

1945

200,000

10.4%

53

1993

846,036

5.8%

12

1940

181,220

13.3%

52

1992

799,760

2.9%

11

1935

160,000

15.1%

51

1991

777,119

2.8%

10

1930

139,059

6.2%

50

1990

755,694

4.2%

9

1925

131,000

6.9%

49

1989

725,579

1.7%

8

1920

122,519

0.4%

48

1988

713,456

2.7%

7

1915

122,000

-0.1%

47

1987

695,020

2.7%

6

1910

122,149

3.5%

46

1986

676,584

3.5%

5

1905

118,000

3.1%

45

1985

653,686

0.9%

4

1900

114,460

27.7%

44

1984

647,575

4.0%

3

1890

89,630

39.7%

43

1983

622,625

0.9%

2

1880

64,137

0.0%

42

1982

617,320

0.8%

1

1878

64,137

N/A

41

1981

612,593

6.6%

0

Data Source: 1998 forward - American Bar Association's National Lawyer Population Survey, prior to 1998 - ABA Archives, specific source unknown.

  • For data from 1998 forward, individual state bar associations or licensing agencies are asked to provide the number of resident and active attorneys as of December 31st of the prior year, e.g. 2021 data is as of 12/31/2020. The numbers reflected here are the best available data provided to the ABA from the respective associations or agencies.

Notes: In 2018, Indiana corrected the resident active figures for 2016; this report has been updated to reflect the new total attorney count for 2016 than was previously reported. In 2019, Maryland, Nevada, and New York provided corrected 2018 lawyer counts; this report reflects the corrected 2018 total attorney count. In 2020, the District of Columbia changed how it reports residency status, causing a decrease of more than 28,000 reported resident active attorneys in DC. In 2021, Vermont began tracking residency, causing a decrease of more than 1,400 reported resident active attorneys in VT.

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ABA National Lawyer Population Survey

10-Year Trend in Lawyer Demographics

Year

2021

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Index

Resident Active Attorney Demographics: Gender

Change

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

from 2011

Gender

10

Male

67%

67%

66%

64%

65%

64%

65%

64%

64%

63%

63%

-4.2 pp

11

Female

33%

33%

34%

36%

35%

36%

35%

36%

36%

37%

37%

4.1 pp

12

Other (1)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0.0 pp

4

Count of States Reporting Statistic

42

44

43

43

43

45

46

46

45

44

44

2

13

% of Lawyers with Reported Statistic

57%

59%

59%

61%

63%

66%

61%

63%

61%

60%

62%

4.4 pp

Resident Active Attorney Demographics: Race/Ethnicity

Change

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

from 2011

Race/Ethnicity (2)

26

African-American

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

-0.2 pp

27

Asian

2%

2%

2%

2%

2%

3%

2%

3%

2%

2%

2%

0.8 pp

25

Caucasian/White

88%

88%

89%

88%

86%

85%

85%

85%

85%

86%

85%

-2.9 pp

30

Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

1%

0%

0%

1%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0%

0.0 pp

29

Hispanic

4%

3%

4%

4%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

5%

0.9 pp

31

Multiracial (1)

N/A

N/A

N/A

0%

0%

1%

2%

1%

2%

2%

2%

2.0 pp

28

Native American

1%

1%

1%

1%

1%

0%

1%

1%

1%

0%

0%

-0.6 pp

15

Count of States Reporting Statistic

17

16

16

17

18

19

22

21

20

21

25

8

32

% of Lawyers with Reported Statistic

21%

21%

21%

21%

25%

30%

29%

28%

35%

31%

36%

15.0 pp

Data Source: American Bar Association's National Lawyer Population Survey

  • Individual state bar associations or licensing agencies are asked to provide demographics data for resident and active attorneys as of December 31st of the prior year, e.g. 2021 data is as of 12/31/2020. The numbers reflected here are the best available data provided to the ABA from the respective associations or agencies.

Notes: In 2018, Indiana corrected the resident active figures for 2016; this report has been updated to reflect the new total attorney count for 2016 than was previously reported. In 2019, Maryland, Nevada, and New York provided corrected 2018 lawyer counts; this report reflects the corrected 2018 total attorney count.

  1. Beginning with the 2016 survey, choices included "Multiracial" as an option for race/ethnicity and "Other" as an option for gender.
  2. Race/ethnicity percentages may total to more than 100% as many states allow responders to choose more than one option for race/ethnicity.

Beginning with the 2020 survey, two new questions about attorneys who identify as LGBTQ+ and as persons with a disability were asked. Results are not included in the 2021 report due to insufficient response.

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The ABA hereby grants permission for copies of the materials herein to be made, in whole or in part, for classroom use in an institution of higher learning or for use by not-for-profit organizations, provided that the use is for informational, educational, non-commercial purposes only and any copy of the materials or portion thereof acknowledges original publication by the ABA, including the title of the publication, the name of the author, and the legend "Reprinted with permission of the American Bar Association. All rights reserved." Requests to reproduce portions of this publication in any other manner should be sent to ABA Reprints, Licensing & Permissions at www.americanbar.org/reprint.

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