TAMPA, Fla., July 06. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — For the sixth consecutive year, women made up the majority of law students pursuing Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in the United States. According to the most recent data (2021) from the American Bar Association, in 39 states and Puerto Rico, at least half of law students are women.
In its annual report women in law school report, Enjuris compiled ABA data on law school enrollment to break down gender diversity in law schools by state and highlight the top-ranked schools for women.
In 1960, women made up only 3.5 percent of those enrolled in ABA-accredited law schools. In 2016, the number of women enrolled in law schools exceeded that of men for the first time.
In 2021, women made up 55.29% of all students at ABA-accredited law schools, while men made up only 44.39% of students. The number of people who identified as “other” rose to 377 (0.32%) in 2021.
The top 20 ABA-accredited law schools by female enrollment in 2021 were:
- Northeastern University School of Law
- Howard University School of Law
- North Carolina Central University School of Law
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law
- American University College of Law
- CUNY School of Law
- University of Maryland School of Law
- University of the District of Columbia School of Law
- New England Law | Boston
- Belmont University College of Law
- Pace University School of Law
- Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
- Washington University School of Law
- Seattle University School of Law
- Southern University Law Center
- New York School of Law
- Quinnipiac University School of Law
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Elon University School of Law
- University of California Berkeley School of Law
In particular, women have made steady progress in top-ranked law schools. Seventeen of the top 20 law schools, according to US News & World Report rankings, had more women than men in 2021.
More infographics, charts and data on enrollment by gender can be found at enjuris.com at:
Contact Ian Pisarcik Attorney and Executive Writer, Enjuris [email protected]