Lawyer statistics - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Lawyer Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 3 June 2019.

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 3 June 2019 was 23,371. There were 177 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in May 2019.

Lawyer statistics

Lawyers by age and gender

Female lawyers dominate the 20-29, 30-39 and 40-49 age brackets. Proportionally, female lawyers are significantly under represented in the 50-59 and older age brackets.

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

Age in Years

20-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90 +

Total

Female

2,367

4,725

2,810

1,356

576

116

6

11,956

Male

1,130

3,043

2,353

1,983

1,903

716

81

2

11,409

Other

1

4

1

6

Total

3,698

7,772

5,163

3,340

2,477

832

87

2

23,371

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 3 June 2019 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

11,311

645

11,956

Male

9,925

1,484

11,409

Other

5

1

6

Total

21,241

2,130

23,371

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 3 June 2019 by lawyer type and gender.

Solicitors and barristers by location

As shown in Table 3, the majority of lawyers are based in the Melbourne CBD, followed by the metropolitan area (suburbs).

Type

Solicitors

Barristers

Total

City

10,516

1,934

12,450

Metro

8,169

170

8,339

Regional

1,428

21

1,449

Ballarat

142

2

144

Bendigo

138

138

Geelong

84

84

Interstate

165

1

166

Overseas

599

2

6012

Total

21,241

2,130

23,371

Table 3: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 3 June 2019 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 3 June 2019 was 9,620. The vast majority of these were sole practitioners. Non-legal employers and Incorporated legal practices employ a similar number of lawyers (Table 4).

Type

Total

Sole Practitioner

5,276

Non-legal Employer

1,933

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,922

Law Firm

208

Government Employer

181

Community Legal Centre

60

Unincorporated Legal Practice

36

Foreign Law Practice

20

Total

9,636

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 3 June 2019.

Entity types by location

Table 5 shows the majority of entities registered in Victoria are sole practitioners who work in the Melbourne CBD area, followed by metropolitan (suburban) Melbourne.

Type

City

Metro

Regional

Ballarat

Bendigo

Geelong

Interstate

Overseas

Total

Sole Practitioner  2,635  2,101 341 23 20 22  18 116  5,276
Non-Legal Employer

823

772

48

4

4

8

84 190  1,933
Incorporated Legal Practice 706

877

176

20

17

8

 118  – 1,922
Government Employer

123

40

8

3

6  1  181
Law firm

111

59

19

3

2

1

10 3  208
Community Legal Service

15

32

5

1

1

2

 4  –  60
Unincorporated Legal Practice

17

8

3

1

 7  –  36
Foreign Law Practice

5

7

1

 –  7  20
Total

4,435

3,896

601

52

47

41

247 317 9,636

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 3 June 2019 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified June 4, 2019.