Final End-of-Year Counts of Applicants to ABA Approved Law Schools
Volumes Rounded to Nearest ten (All Applicants rounded to nearest hundred)
* due to changes in data collection methods, asterisked (*) data are not comparable to prior data

Applicant Group 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 Fall 2000 Fall 2001 Fall 2002 Fall 2003 Fall 2004 Fall 2005
All 76,700 72,300 71,700 74,400 74,600* 77,200 90,900 99,500 100,600 95,800
% Change from prior year -9.0% -5.7% -0.8% 3.7% - 3.6% 17.6% 9.5% 1.1% -4.8%
   
American Indian/ Alaskan Native 710 640 600 640 610* 580 640 740 780 760
% Change from prior year -13.3% -9.1% -6.4% 7.2% - -5.3% 10.4% 15.7% 6.0% -3.2%
   
Asian/ Pacific Islander 5,160 4,870 4,940 5,070 5,280* 5,530 6,970 8,060 8,570 7,940
% Change from prior year -4.5% -5.6% 1.6% 2.7% - 4.7% 26.0% 15.7% 6.3% -7.3%
   
Black/ African American 8,830 8,270 8,220 8,380 8,500* 8,650 9,700 10,600 10,670 10,010
% Change from prior year -7.6% -6.3% -0.7% 1.9% - 1.7% 12.2% 9.3% 0.7% -6.3%
   
Caucasian/White 52,730 49,100 46,170 47,790 48,680* 51,190 59,570 64,110 64,870 62,560
% Change from prior year -10.6% -6.9% -6.0% 3.5% - 5.1% 16.4% 7.6% 1.2% -3.6%
   
Chicano/ Mexican American 1,470 1,350 1,520 1,410 1,310* 1,320 1,490 1,630 1,570 1,410
% Change from prior year 0.8% -8.5% 13.0% -7.6% - 0.2% 13.3% 9.1% -3.4% -10.4%
   
Hispanic/Latino 2,680 2,670 2,680 2,930 2,950* 3,020 3,680 4,330 4,560 4,710
% Change from prior year -6.6% -0.4% 0.7% 9.1% - 2.3% 22.0% 17.5% 5.4% 3.2%
   
Puerto Rican 1,610 1,760 1,870 1,870 1,960* 1,990 1,890 1,830 1,840 1,760
% Change from prior year -4.7% 9.0% 6.4% 0.1% - 1.8% -5.0% -3.4% 0.5% -4.4%
   
Other 2,610 2,580 2,560 2,780 2,920* 3,360 4,030 4,670 4,670 4,640
% Change from prior year 0.4% -1.1% -1.0% 8.9% - 15.0% 20.1% 15.8% 0.0% -0.6%
   
No Ethnic ID 900 1,110 3,170 3,510 2,340* 1,610 2,880 3,550 3,080 1,990
% Change from prior year -2.5% 23.4% 185.9% 10.9% - -31.1% 78.6% 23.3% -13.2% -35.4%
                     
                     
Female 35,170 33,530 33,990 36,010 36,880* 38,230 44,040 48,170 48,680 46,050
% Change from prior year -7.3% -4.7% 1.4% 5.9% - 3.7% 15.2% 9.4% 1.1% -5.4%
   
Male 41,080 38,310 36,870 37,080 36,520* 37,890 44,510 49,690 50,720 48,640
% Change from prior year -10.6% -6.7% -3.8% 0.6% - 3.7% 17.5% 11.6% 2.1% -4.1%
   
No Gender Id 430 500 870 1,290 1,150* 1,120 2,300 1,650 1,210 1,070
% Change from prior year 1.4% 15.2% 73.5% 48.8% - -2.7% 105.4% -28.3% -26.7% -11.4%