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%.

  • Thanks for posting this! It’s almost as if the state had twice as many law schools as it needs … or they should be cutting their classes in half.

  • JWG

    I would bet the job market in Louisiana is similar to Mississippi. Until law schools start accepting some blame/responsibilty for this gluttony, it will only keep gettng worse.

  • mattdev

    LSU law

    Loyola

    Tulane

    Southern U.

    and coming soon…

    The Louisiana College Pressler School of Law in Shreveport

    That’ll be 5 law schools in this great state.

    • drb

      At least you are not in TN!

      Vandy

      UT

      Memphis

      Nashville School of Law

      Belmont

      Lincoln-Memorial

  • lies,damn lies&career services

    I don’t think law schools are to blame unless they report false data. If someone decides it is worth several years of their life and tens of thousands of dollars to study a particular subject, they should be able to (as long as I don’t have to pay for it). I suspect history PhDs have a similarly bleak outlook, and no one is calling for shutting down those departments. The difference is, no one is promising history scholars that 90% of them will become tenured university professors making $150,000 a year.

    • The problem is student loans, which are handed out purely at the discretion of the borrower and the school: that’s created an upward tuition spiral and enrollment boom (not just in law). I’m not sure how to fix it, but it needs fixin’.

  • Clarence

    “Those stats about hamburgers making you fat are inaccurate.” – Wendy

  • Injustice4yall

    Where are the numbers about starting salaries? I did an ad for an low level associate a few years back and was stunned at the applications I received for a 35k a year job. I knew then that the legal market here was in free fall.