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Where do women go to law school?


2016 seems to be widely accepted as the first year in history that women enrolled in juris doctor degrees outnumbered men at US law schools – 50.09% versus 49.46%. A small percentage, 0.45%, selected “other” for gender.

We wondered where exactly they’re going to school. Does the east look different from the west? The north from the south? Which schools have the most female law students? We broke it down in our latest infographic. The numbers are a bit surprising!

Demographic breakdowns for individual law schools is available in this chart.

Total Enrollment


Top schools

Here are the top 15 law schools by female enrollment:

Law School % Women
1. Howard University 69.70
2. Charlotte School of Law 63.50
3. Northeastern University 63.20
4. Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School 62.70
5. City University Of New York 62.20
6. North Carolina Central University 62.00
7. American University 61.60
8. Whittier Law School 60.10
8. Florida A&M University 60.10
9. District of Columbia 59.90
10. California Western School of Law 59.50
11. DePaul University 58.50
12. California-Berkeley, University Of 58.30
13. Inter American University of Puerto Rico 58.20
14. Golden Gate University 57.50
14. Texas Southern University 57.50
15. New York Law School 57.40


Looking simply at gender data for law schools in the U.S., there are some outliers that make it really interesting. We examined the total percentages of women compared to men attending law schools in each state.

  • Of California’s 20 law schools, a whopping 16 of those have more women JD enrollees than men.
  • Women held the majority of J.D. seats in 5 of DC’s 7 law schools.
  • 9 of Florida’s 12 law schools have female majorities.
  • Illinois trended more towards male enrollees with 3 of the state’s 9 law schools having a higher percentage of women enrollees.
  • Massachusetts has 8 law schools, of which 6 are dominated by female enrollees.
  • Only 1 of Ohio’s 9 law schools has more female JD enrollees than male.
  • All 3 Puerto Rican law schools have majority female enrollment.
  • 3 out of 9 law schools in Texas have more women than men.
  • Virginia is an interesting state, with 4 law schools male majority, 2 female majority, and Regent University splitting male/female 50% and other 50%.

Women law students outnumber men in:

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington, DC
  • Puerto Rico
Data on Women in the Law


Data on Women in the Law








Source: American Bar Association 2016 ABA Required Disclosures (Standard 509 Reports).

The ABA reported 110,951 total J.D. enrollment as of Dec. 2016. When we looked at the data in March 2017, the numbers had shifted a bit. (The ABA told us that the data reported on their site is live and can be updated at any time by schools, apart from a period when the data is frozen at the end of the year.)

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