Monday, June 27, 2011

Too Many Attorneys? Pretty Much

The NYT tells us what we already know today but with some shiny numbers to back it up: there are too many attorneys these days. A consulting firm compared the number of persons passing the bar exam in a particular state to the number of job openings. This isn't foolproof by any means, but it does give offer a nice correlation. For example, some commenters pointed out (correctly) that the number of DC bar passers was low compared to job openings but that is due more to the fact that hardly anyone takes the DC bar in the first place. It is very easy to be waived into the DC bar. Nonetheless, the graph does offer some basic info that law schools can't wait to divulge law school applicants should heed.

(courtesy of NY Times)

2010-15 Est. Annual Openings2009 Bar Exam Passers2009 Completers (IPEDS)Surplus/ShortageMedian Wages
New York2,1009,7874,7717,687$56.57
California3,3076,2585,0422,951$50.61
New Jersey8443,0377872,193$43.84
Illinois1,3943,0732,1661,679$51.54
Massachusetts7152,1652,5201,450$43.89
Pennsylvania8691,9431,6971,074$46.05
Texas2,1553,0522,402897$41.55
Florida2,0272,7822,781755$36.39
Maryland5601,277548717$41.46
Missouri362943908581$39.96
Connecticut316880510564$43.69
North Carolina5031,032279529$37.79
Minnesota378888948510$43.69
Ohio6861,1941,513508$34.69
Georgia7791,217894438$46.11
Colorado547967509420$40.83
Virginia9561,3751,435419$49.34
Louisiana357731810374$33.35
Tennessee389735446346$37.34
Washington619935678316$37.37
Oregon291594519303$34.51
Indiana339602825263$32.48
South Carolina262506410244$33.03
Kentucky261478389217$34.39
Nevada219392143173$40.32
Arizona440607378167$37.51
New Mexico134298114164$29.78
Michigan8621,0241,993162$35.22
Kansas190351296161$31.16
Alabama295455406160$37.98
Iowa155290556135$32.16
Rhode Island102209184107$39.65
Hawaii7617988103$33.70
Mississippi17326833595$28.86
Utah30840128393$37.04
W. Virginia10019115291$32.51
Montana811638382$24.96
Maine751539178$29.70
Arkansas15222724375$30.83
Wyoming401138073$29.86
New Hampshire9215414662$30.84
Oklahoma32638748961$29.56
South Dakota38837345$29.19
North Dakota33638030$28.78
Idaho1281579729$30.77
Alaska4166025$37.80
Delaware11614123525$60.67
Vermont51551914$30.48
Nebraska112109279-3$32.47
Wisconsin262248691-14$36.43
D.C.6182732,109-345$70.96
Nation26,23953,50844,15927,269$44.22

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