Unlike healthcare or higher education costs, the lawyer population increases at a more measured, healthy pace. For those who thought there were millions of swarming attorneys, these numbers should put your fears to rest. Will the robot apocalypse put a dent in the number of lawyers in the next 10 years? Time will tell.
“The number of active attorneys in the United States has increased by 15.2 percent over the last decade, according to the ABA’s National Lawyer Population Survey. The total number of lawyers in the United States as of Dec. 31 was 1,338,678. Ten years before that, the total number was 1,162,124. The last time there were fewer than 1 million lawyers in the United States was 1998, when there were 985,921 lawyers, according to the ABA’s historical data going back to 1878.”
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