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Statistics for the attorneys' profession

About the attorneys’ profession

There are currently 25 854 practising attorneys and 6 669 candidate attorneys in South Africa. Attorneys are officers of the court and are registered on the roll of attorneys of the High Court and with the provincial law society where their firms are based.

An overview of the attorneys' profession
(As at October 2017)

Attorneys

Total attorneys 25 854  
White attorneys 14 854 57%
Black attorneys (includes African, coloured and Indian) 10 996 43%
White male attorneys 8 994 35%
Black male attorneys 6 741 26%
White female attorneys 5 914 23%
Black female attorneys 4 255 16%
Total female attorneys 10 169 39%

Candidate attorneys

Total candidate attorneys 6 669  
White candidate attorneys 2 478 37%
Black candidate attorneys 4 199 63%
White male candidate attorneys 1 003 15%
Black male candidate attorneys 1 851 28%
White female candidate attorneys 1 467 22%
Black female candidate attorneys 2 348 35%
Total female candidate attorneys 3 815 57%

Attorneys' firms
(2016)

Total firms 12 373
 
 
Sole practitioners 10 182
2 to 9 attorneys   2 084
10 to 19 attorneys       75
20 to 49 attorneys       15
More than 50 attorneys       17
The above data is supplied by the statutory, provincial law societies.
 

View the LSSA LEAD statistics on the profession, July 2015 (PDF - 1161KB)