Indiana has more lawyers than legal work

June 5, 2013
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If you were a new law school grad in recent years this may not be news to you, but Indiana has more potential lawyers than legal work available, based on research by a blog.

The Law School Tuition Bubble’s Matt Leichter broke down how states faired in 2011 regarding the number of attorneys as compared to jobs for lawyers. Indiana made the top 10 of worst states, based on the number of law grads for each job opening. Those law grads may or may not have passed the bar.

We had 3.03 law grads for each job opening, based on those 2011 numbers. Mississippi has the unfortunate distinction of coming in first with 10.53 law grads for each job opening. Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska and New York were also in the top 10. The statistics include law grad numbers from ABA-accredited law schools and are based on projected annual lawyer job growth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and state governments for 2011.

Leichter explains his research and methodology in an Am Law Daily article last month.

Are you surprised by the numbers for Indiana?
 

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  • Faulty Logic
    Headline says not enough "Legal Work" when actually the data relates to available positions/jobs. Illogical to conclude that just because job opening are few there is no "legal work" needing a lawyer in Indiana! As pro bono plan administrator for NWI I can assure the legal world that there are many many folks who need "legal work" help and can barely pay their rent/food/utilities/gas for work, let alone a lawyer.
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