America’s lawyer population continues to grow – by 17.7 per cent in the last decade to be exact.
Texas has a 28 percent growth over the same period, which was always considered the gold standard in attorney growth in the US, but it is in fact outpaced by 10 other states, the ABA Journal report.
Is Texas’ 28 percent growth in lawyer population over the last decade all that unusual?
The ABA report shows that figures that generally measure the population of both active and resident lawyers as of Dec. 31, 2014. It shows the 10-year growth in Texas lawyer population was 24.6 percent, below that of Florida (53.3 percent), Utah (46.1 percent), North Carolina (33.7 percent), Arizona (30.6 percent), North Dakota (27.9 percent), Tennessee (27.8 percent), Wyoming (27.6 percent), Pennsylvania (27.4 percent, though a shift in the reporting agency yielded more accurate numbers), Georgia (25.7 percent), and Delaware ( 25.4 percent).
In some states, the percentage growth appears large, but the actual number of lawyers in the state is small. There were 2,921 lawyers in Delaware at the close of 2014; 1,665 lawyers in North Dakota; 8,413 in Utah; and 1,778 in Wyoming.
Lawyer figures from the Law School Tuition Bubble look at the number of active and resident lawyers at the beginning of 2014, compared to the state’s population.
Topping the list is Washington, D.C., which has 788.1 lawyers per 10,000 residents, followed by New York (86 per 10,000) and Massachusetts (65.6 per 10,000).
So, no shortage of lawyers Stateside. And it appears nothing is set to change any time soon, either.