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Law Schools Turn Pink: Women To Outnumber Men For First Time By 2017

In my last post I pointed out that law school applicants from top universities around the country have continued to plunge.

In the comments, a reader asked:

A related question: Are males abandoning law school? As a general rule, occupations which attract large percentages of females tend to pay less. How do present law school abandonment trends play into gender-related compensation trends?

To which I responded I didn’t know, but thought it was a good question and I would find out. So over the weekend, I went back into the ABA’s 509 reports and started crunching numbers.

The result?

Law Schools Turn Pink

Law Schools Turn Pink statistics women 2017 graph

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Male Student Change From 2011 to 2015 Female Student Change from 2011 to 2015
-25.59% -17.31%

 

  • Enrolled law students are down across the board, but less so for women.
  • In 2011, 38 law schools had more women students enrolled than men.
  • In 2015, 85 law schools have more women students enrolled than men.

If you look at the year-to-year percentage changes, something because abundantly clear.

Male Student Change From 2011 to 2012

Female Student Change From 2011 to 2012

-5%

-4%

Male Student Change From 2012 to 2013

Female Student Change From 2012 to 2013

-9%

-6%

Male Student Change From 2013 to 2014

Female Student Change From 2013 to 2014

-9%

-5%

Male Student Change From 2014 to 2015

Female Student Change From 2014 to 2015

-5%

-3%

Male Student Change From 2015 to 2016

Female Student Change From 2015 to 2016

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If we see the same percentage declines from 2015 to 2016, we’ll get:

  • Men: -5% of 57,520 students will result in 54,644 total male law students in 2016.
  • Women: -3% of 56,197 students will result in 54,512 total female law students in 2016.

Extrapolate that out one more year, and women will outnumber men in law schools for the first time ever. 

alabama-wow-girl Law Schools Turn Pink

I don’t what that means, but it feels like a sea change.  It might not work out this way of course, there could be a sudden surge of men enrolling in law schools this next year, but I doubt it.

The practice of law has long been a male dominated profession. But on the input side, things are shifting towards the fairer sex.

Male or female, if you’re headed to law school, be prepared.

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  • newyorkdude

    you say “shifting towards the fairer sex” Fairer? What does “fairer” have to do with being a lawyer 😉

    • Haha! Not much! Hopefully it will be an advantage for me if they want to be “fair.”

  • orbicularioculi

    Are Males realizing faster than females that Law School is Not a good investment?

    • Possibly. But females have been dominating higher education for some time now. Law school is probably a lagging indicator.

  • mnemonicmike

    If you rig the scales so that some competitor is always burdened down because *he* is not a “protected class that needs advantages”, sure enough you’ll start putting 120-pounders on the NFL football team. That’s what we’re seeing. If we were to do this to the NFL in actuality, people in every city would rebel.

  • Elmer The Jones

    When an organization becomes feminized, focus shifts from the efficient production of goods and services to the creation of rules for the comfort and security of women. Ossification and organizational death are inevitable.