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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    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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  2. This sure is not what most who value good governance consider the Rule of Law to entail: "In a letter dated March 2, which Brizzi forwarded to IBJ, the commission dismissed the grievance “on grounds that there is not reasonable cause to believe that you are guilty of misconduct.”" Yet two month later reasonable cause does exist? (Or is the commission forging ahead, the need for reasonable belief be damned? -- A seeming violation of the Rules of Profession Ethics on the part of the commission) Could the rule of law theory cause one to believe that an explanation is in order? Could it be that Hoosier attorneys live under Imperial Law (which is also a t-word that rhymes with infamy) in which the Platonic guardians can do no wrong and never owe the plebeian class any explanation for their powerful actions. (Might makes it right?) Could this be a case of politics directing the commission, as celebrated IU Mauer Professor (the late) Patrick Baude warned was happening 20 years ago in his controversial (whisteblowing) ethics lecture on a quite similar topic: http://www.repository.law.indiana.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1498&context=ilj

  3. I have a case presently pending cert review before the SCOTUS that reveals just how Indiana regulates the bar. I have been denied licensure for life for holding the wrong views and questioning the grand inquisitors as to their duties as to state and federal constitutional due process. True story: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS Shorter, Amici brief serving to frame issue as misuse of govt licensure: https://www.scribd.com/doc/312841269/Thomas-More-Society-Amicus-Brown-v-Ind-Bd-of-Law-Examiners

  4. Here's an idea...how about we MORE heavily regulate the law schools to reduce the surplus of graduates, driving starting salaries up for those new grads, so that we can all pay our insane amount of student loans off in a reasonable amount of time and then be able to afford to do pro bono & low-fee work? I've got friends in other industries, radiology for example, and their schools accept a very limited number of students so there will never be a glut of new grads and everyone's pay stays high. For example, my radiologist friend's school accepted just six new students per year.

  5. I totally agree with John Smith.

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