Has the time in history come where more women than men are enrolled in law school for their Juris Doctor Degree? According to research gathered by The New York Times and this Enjuris infographic, the answer is yes. In fact, 2016 was a milestone for female enrollees.
The JD is the highest form of legal education available in the United States and constitutes a professional degree. This program prepares the student to take the state bar and allows them to practice law in their own state.
Below is a summary of some of the statistics that were found regarding female enrollment:
- California is the state with the most female JD enrollees. Out of 20 of this state’s law schools, 16 of them have more women enrolled than men.
- Nine out of Florida’s 12 schools have a higher female majority of law enrollees.
- Women hold the majority of enrollees in 5 out of 7 of Washington D.C.’s law schools.
- Currently, women are at 51% JD law enrollment as opposed to 49% men.
- USA Today’s top ranked law schools are New York University with 51.4% female and Columbia University which is 48.2% female dominated.
- The East and the South regions of the U.S. have the most female JD enrollment.
Women have made huge strides over the years in many areas, including legal, medical and education. Only time will tell how the trend continues.