On this Linkedin post, Kristin Flierl (career services director at Ole Miss Law School), says the Mississippi job market statistics that I wrote about this week are inaccurate.

Flierl writes:

Recently, information regarding the legal job market in Mississippi was published by American Lawyer magazine. Though we appreciate their effort to report candidly our state’s employment situation, the statistics reported are not accurate. 

That chart shows that there are 10 law school grads for each new job in Mississippi, which is incorrect. 

To compound this inaccuracy, the chart posted in the original article has been picked up and reposted by several blogs and publications, including the Atlantic.

The source the author used to compile the article’s chart, Career One Stop, lists only 30 new lawyer jobs annually for Mississippi. Career One Stop cites the Mississippi Department of Employment Security for this number, who, upon closer inspection, actually lists 165 annual legal job openings in Mississippi:

http://www.mdes.ms.gov/media/8490/_28_State_of_Mississippi.pdf

In addition, if you re-calculate our number based on the Mississippi Department of Employment Security’s correct information, we have a ratio of 1.92 graduates to job openings, which is equivalent to other states’ job opening rates across the Southeast, and is an even better rate than states of similar size. 

Please note that the following posted on the Law School Tuition Bubble blog today in response to our request for a correction. 

http://lawschooltuitionbubble.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/before-you-start-saying-your-state-is-better-than-mississippi/

 

My Take:

I’m not surprised, since I questioned the Mississippi data in my original post on this topic.

The legal job market is bad everywhere. It seems implausible that the market is 5-10 times worse in Mississippi than almost every other state.

Not that 1.92 graduates per job in anything to write home about. But at least the Mississippi law schools can tell graduates that half of you aren’t getting jobs, as opposed to 90%.