Numbers of Legal Occupations in California

Occupation group

Legal Occupations

Year Number
2001 109,650
2002 112,570
2003 110,250
2004 107,660
2005 109,780
2006 109,180
2007 111,780
2008 116,940
2009 117,860
2010 114,710
2011 113,160
2012 117,390
2013 121,530
2014 122,130
2015 120,200
2016 124,150
2017 129,420
2018 135,520

Individual occupations

Lawyers

Year Number
2001 58,300
2002 55,710
2003 58,450
2004 59,360
2005 60,350
2006 61,940
2007 64,550
2008 66,590
2009 69,030
2010 68,010
2011 67,260
2012 67,190
2013 68,700
2014 70,590
2015 72,790
2016 76,840
2017 79,980
2018 82,180

Judicial Law Clerks

Year Number
2010 4,040
2011 2,800
2012 1,690
2013 1,800
2014 1,910
2018 3,420

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers

Year Number
2001 2,320
2002 1,390
2003 1,350
2004 1,390
2005 1,380
2006 1,310
2007 1,330
2008 1,370
2009 1,510
2010 1,650
2011 1,600
2012 1,870
2013 1,920
2014 1,910
2015 1,590
2016 1,610
2017 1,630
2018 1,800

Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators

Year Number
2001 510
2002 500
2003 350
2004 330
2005 450
2006 610
2007 720
2008 1,010
2009 1,110
2010 1,010
2011 1,370
2012 1,450
2014 1,300
2015 1,050
2016 900
2017 900
2018 860

Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates

Year Number
2001 2,490
2002 2,100
2003 1,560
2004 1,600
2005 1,550
2006 1,800
2007 1,900
2008 1,920
2009 1,770
2010 1,750
2011 1,820
2012 2,030
2013 2,180
2014 2,140
2018 1,610

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

Year Number
2001 24,740
2002 30,610
2003 255,804,210
2004 234,204,580
2005 243,604,250
2006 240,703,930
2007 240,304,230
2008 266,805,180
2009 268,305,690
2010 27,260
2011 26,030
2012 28,500
2013 29,720
2014 30,060
2015 29,180
2016 29,190
2017 30,790
2018 33,390

Court Reporters

Year Number
2001 2,370
2002 2,340
2003 1,710
2004 2,050
2005 1,450
2006 1,780
2007 1,830
2008 2,300
2009 1,960
2010 1,670
2011 1,940
2012 2,240
2013 2,770
2014 1,970
2018 1,640

Title Examiners, Abstractors, and Searchers

Year Number
2001 6,300
2002 7,970
2003 8,580
2004 7,720
2005 8,260
2006 7,170
2007 5,920
2008 4,790
2009 3,980
2010 3,860
2011 4,290
2012 5,280
2013 5,970
2014 6,000
2015 5,850
2016 5,340
2017 4,670
2018 3,560

Legal Support Workers, All Other

Year Number
2004 7,210
2005 7,740
2006 6,560
2007 7,270
2008 7,100
2009 5,970
2010 5,450
2011 6,060
2012 7,140
2013 6,660
2014 6,250
2015 6,040
2016 6,290
2017 6,770
2018 7,050