Lawyer statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Lawyer Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 31 May 2018.

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 31 May 2018 was 22,358, an increase of 190 lawyers on the previous month. There were 123 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 May to 31 May 2018 .

Lawyer statistics

Lawyers by age and gender

Female lawyers dominate the 20-30, 31-40 and 41-50 age brackets. Proportionally, female lawyers are significantly under represented in the 51-60 and older age brackets and beyond.

Table 1 shows the breakdown of lawyers by age and gender.

Age in Years

20-30

31-40

41-50

51-60

61-70

>70

Total

Female

2,783

4,273

2,467

1,225

442

80

11,270

Male

1,559

2,830

2,298

1,989

1,775

637

11,088

Total

4,342

7,103

4,765

3,214

2,217

717

22,358

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 31 May 2018 by age and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by gender

The majority of lawyers registered in Victoria are classified as solicitors, with female solicitors outnumbering male solicitors. Male barristers still outnumber female barristers. Table 2 illustrates the number of male and female lawyers registered as solicitors or barristers in Victoria.

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

Female

10,653

617

11,270

Male

9,615

1,473

11,088

Total

20,268

2,090

22,358

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 31 May 2018 by lawyer type and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by location

As shown in Table 3, the majority of lawyers are based in the Melbourne area.

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

City

10,181

1,947

12,128

Suburb

7,674

121

7,796

Country

1,640

16

1,656

Overseas

556

3

559

Interstate

217

3

220

Total

20,268

2,090

22,358

Table 3: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 31 May 2018 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 May 2018 was 9,475. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners, followed by non-legal employers, as illustrated in the Table 4.

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,478

Non-legal Employer

1,810

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,727

Law Firm

209

Government Employer

166

Community Legal Centre

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

34

Foreign Law Practice

17

Total

9,508

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 31 May 2018.

Entity types by location

Table 5 shows the majority of entities registered in Victoria are sole practitioners who work in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Type

City

Suburb

Country

Interstate

Overseas

Total

Sole Practitioner

2,671

2,179

417

70

147

5,484

Non-Legal Employer

755

736

54

75

190

1,810

Incorporated Legal Practice 631

793

192

111

0

1,727

Law Firm

111

57

29

10

2

209

Government Employer

117

34

8

6

1

166

Community Legal Service

18

31

8

4

0

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

7

3

7

0

34

Foreign Law Practice

4

6

1

0

6

17

Total

4,324  

3,843

712

283

346

9,508

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 31 May 2018 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified June 1, 2018.