Diversity in the Judiciary

Profile of the Legal Profession focus on:
Diversity in the Judiciary

The United States has more than 1,400 Article III federal judges. How diverse are they – by gender, by race, by ethnicity?
Which federal courts are most and least diverse? How has the latest round of judicial appointments changed things?

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Lawyer Demographics

Lawyer Demographics

There are 1.3 million lawyers in the United States. Who are they – and where are they? How many are women? How many are Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native American? How – and where – has the profession grown?

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Legal Education

Law Schools

The American Bar Association accredits 199 law schools across the country.
Is enrollment up or down? How do graduates fare on the bar exam? Where do new lawyers work upon graduation?

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Profile of the legal profession

The latest numbers are in and the American Bar Association present them through graphs and analysis to help you understand the current legal landscape.

The fourth annual Profile of the Legal Profession is a snapshot of the profession in 2022, with statistics, charts and analysis in nine areas.



Who lawyers are and where they are found


Judges in Article III federal courts, plus state Supreme Courts


How much are lawyers paid?

Legal Education

Applicants, enrollment, and bar exam passage rates

Women in the Profession

Women in law firms and law schools


Hardware, software and how lawyers work online


Mental health, substance use and law firm life


A state-by-state look at lawyer discipline

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or email: abanews@americanbar.org

Video: The Changing Face of the Federal Judiciary: Is it Permanent or Temporary?

What's New?

Everything. Each year, the American Bar Association compiles the latest statistics and trends on the legal profession in the United States. We gather data from dozens of sources – within the ABA, government agencies and nonprofits – that track lawyers, law schools, judges, law firms, lawyer disciplinary systems and more.

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