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Lawyer Statistics

This page provides data on the legal profession in Victoria as at 1 October 2019.

General information

The total number of registered (practising) lawyers in the state of Victoria as at 1 October 2019 was 22,882. There were 179 new lawyers admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria in September 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

2,327

4,583

2,767

1,342

587

1065

8

11,720

Male

1,295

2,965

2,340

1,941

1,824

711

78

2

11,156

Other

1

4

1

6

Total

3,623

7,552

5,107

3,284

2,411

817

86

2

22,882

Table 1: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 1 October 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

11,082

638

11,601

Male

9,688

1,468

11,409

Other

5

1

6

Total

20,775

2,107

22,882

Table 2: Lawyers registered in Victoria at 1 October 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

10,534

1,911

12,265

Metro

7,955

166

8,121

Regional

1,410

21

1,431

Ballarat

146

2

148

Bendigo

143

143

Geelong

84

1

85

Interstate

118

3

121

Overseas

565

3

568

Total

20,775

2,107

22,882

Table 3: Lawyers registered in Victoria as at 1 October 2019 by practitioner type and location.

Entity statistics

General information

The total number of entities registered in Victoria at 1 October 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

5,289

Non-legal Employer

1,976

Incorporated Legal Practice

1,984

Law Firm

202

Government Employer

183

Community Legal Centre

61

Unincorporated Legal Practice

37

Foreign Law Practice

21

Total

9,753

Table 4: Numbers of entities registered in Victoria as at 1 October 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  2,638  2,105 348 22 19 22  20 115  5,289
Non-Legal Employer

852

784

47

4

4

8

87 190  1,976
Incorporated Legal Practice 722

910

179

21

19

8

 125  – 1,984
Government Employer

124

40

8

3

7  1  183
Law firm

109

56

19

2

2

1

10 3  202
Community Legal Service

16

32

5

1

1

2

 4  –  61
Unincorporated Legal Practice

19

8

3

1

 6  –  37
Foreign Law Practice

6

7

1

 –  7  21
Total

4,486

3,942

610

51

48

41

259 316 9,753

Table 5: Entities registered in Victoria as at 1 October 2019 by entity type and location.

 

Last modified October 2, 2019.