Belmont University College of Law is ranked No. 5 in the nation for female enrollment, according to the 2020 annual report from Enjuris. The report uses compiled data from the ABA on law school enrollment to break down law school gender diversity by state and highlight the top-ranked schools for women, placing Belmont near the top of the list with a female enrollment of 64.18 percent.
Based on the most recent data (2020) from the American Bar Association, in 35 states and Puerto Rico, at least half of the students who are attending law school are women. In 2020, women accounted for 54.09 percent of all students in ABA-approved law schools, while men made up 45.70 percent of law school students.
“While we make admissions decisions based on merit, we are pleased that our process has resulted in greater opportunities for women to achieve their dream of serving others by becoming lawyers,” said Belmont College of Law Dean Alberto Gonzales. “It seems incredibly timely in this month that celebrates Women’s History that we can acknowledge and honor female law students across the country, especially those at Belmont Law.”
The numbers follow the country’s five-year trend of women making up the majority of law school students pursuing Juris Doctor (JD) degrees in the United States. In 1960, women comprised only 3.5 percent of enrollees in ABA-approved law schools. In 2016, the number of female law school enrollees surpassed male enrollees for the first time. Now, nationwide, the majority of law schools (73.98 percent) have more female students than male students.
The top five of 20 listed ABA-accredited law schools by female enrollment in 2020 were:
- North Carolina Central University
- Northeastern University
- Howard University
- New England Law | Boston
- Belmont University
Thirteen of the top 20 law schools as ranked by U.S. News & World Report had more female attendees than male attendees. More infographics, charts and gender enrollment data can be found on Enjuris.com.
This is the most recent addition to Belmont Law’s list of national rankings, as the school was also named sixth in the nation last year for first-time bar passage rates.