Overlawyered? Apparently not if the latest US figures are anything to go by. The last decade has seen a 14.5 per cent increase in the number of lawyers in the US.
The ABA Journal has reported that lawyers in the US from the beginning of this year now number 1,352,027, up from 1,180,386 in 2009.
The five ‘most lawyered’ states include –
The five states with the highest number of resident active attorneys are:
1.) New York, with 182,296 active lawyers living in the state;
2.) California, with 170,117 active lawyers living in the state;
3.) Texas, with 91,244 active lawyers living in the state;
4.) Florida, with 78,448 active lawyers living in the state;
5.) And Illinois, with 62,720 active lawyers living in the state.
Sixty-four percent of active lawyers are men and 36% are women, according to 44 states that provided the data. In 2009, when 40 states provided data, 69% of lawyers were men and 31% were women.