Legal Profession


ABA Profile of the Legal Profession 2019

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Issue/Research Brief/Blog

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lawyer demographics, student loan debt, law school diversity


The state of the legal profession changes every year. Fortunately, the ABA has access to a wealth of data that makes it possible to capture a snapshot of the profession at a moment in time – August 2019 – that measures everything from demographics to discipline, pay to pro bono.

This compilation was produced by the ABA Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division and will be updated annually. Our goal is to provide authoritative data for those involved in and covering the legal profession, including lawyers, academics and journalists.

Statistics are from many authoritative sources, primarily within the ABA, but also from the federal government and nonprofit groups that work closely with the profession.