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Statistics for the attorneys' profession

About the attorneys’ profession

There are currently some 27 200 practising attorneys and 7 000 candidate attorneys in South Africa. Attorneys are officers of the court and are registered on the roll of attorneys at the Legal Practice Council.

An overview of the attorneys' profession
(As at January 2019)

Attorneys

Total attorneys 27 223  
White attorneys 15 139 56%
Black attorneys (includes African, coloured and Indian) 12 084 44%
White male attorneys 8 933 33%
Black male attorneys 7 235 27%
White female attorneys 6 206 23%
Black female attorneys 4 849 17%
Total female attorneys 11 055 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 2018