Legal Profession


ABA Profile of the Legal Profession 2022

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Issue/Research Brief/Blog

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lawyer demographics, student loan debt, law school diversity


The federal judiciary is vast, but not terribly varied. Across the nation, there are more than 1,400 sitting Article III federal judges. They are overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly white. But times are slowly changing.

This 2022 Profile of the Legal Profession documents that gradual change. Chapter 1 is an in-depth look at the changing face of the judiciary, beyond the confirmation of the first Black female justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a snapshot of the federal judiciary at a moment when new appointments are making it more diverse.

This fourth annual Profile report was produced by the ABA Media Relations and Strategic Communications Division. Our goal is to provide authoritative data for lawyers, academics and journalists. Statistics are from sources within the ABA, the federal government and nonprofit groups.