Lawyer statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Lawyer Statistics

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

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 31 August 2018 was 21,779, an increase of 209 lawyers on the previous month. There were 182 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1 August to 31 August  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

2,659

4,124

2,444

1,193

431

78

10,929

Male

1,494

2,789

2,271

1,957

1,723

616

10,850

Total

4,153

6,913

4,715

3,150

2,154

694

21,779

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 31 August 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

10,323

606

10,929

Male

9,395

1,455

10,850

Total

19,718

2,061

21,779

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 31 August 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

9,945

1,916

11,861

Suburb

7,498

123

7,621

Country

1,590

16

1,606

Overseas

509

3

512

Interstate

176

3

179

Total

19,718

2,061

21,779

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

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 31 August 2018 was 9,625. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners, followed by non-legal employers, as illustrated in the Table 4.

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,499

Non-legal Employer

1,842

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,791

Law Firm

208

Government Employer

170

Community Legal Centre

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

35

Foreign Law Practice

18

Total

9,625

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 31 August 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

2,677

2,192

417

69

144

5,499

Non-Legal Employer

774

744

54

81

189

1,852

Incorporated Legal Practice 658

819

199

115

0

1,791

Law Firm

111

57

28

10

2

208

Government Employer

119

35

9

6

1

170

Community Legal Service

18

31

8

4

0

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

7

5

7

0

36

Foreign Law Practice

4

7

1

0

6

18

Total

4,378 

3,892

721

292

342

9,625

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

 

Last modified September 12, 2018.