The Law School’s employment statistics are derived from survey information submitted voluntarily by our graduates. Not all surveys are returned nor are all survey questions answered. This information is not exhaustive, nor does it represent a complete picture of graduate employment information or the job market.


American Bar Association (ABA) Employment Summaries

ABA Required Disclosures

For additional information not included on the ABA Summaries, please access the tabs below:

Class of 2012

University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 165 students in 2012.

Employment outcomes are reported annually to the American Bar Association (ABA) for accreditation and regulatory purposes.  Law schools complete an Employment Questionnaire in strict accordance with ABA information and definitions.  Find the complete report on ABA Employment Questionnaires.

The Law School’s employment statistics are derived from survey information submitted voluntarily by our graduates and reflects their status as of February 15, 2013.   Not all surveys are returned nor are all survey questions answered.  This information is not exhaustive, nor does is represent a complete picture of graduate employment information or the job market.

The University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 165 students in 2012.

One hundred thirty six (136) graduates, or 85% of the class, were employed or attending LL.M programs within nine months of graduation[1]

[1] Utilizing National Association of Legal Professionals Methodology (number employed [136] divided by the number whose status is known (160).


Summary of Employment Status

Employed Law Firm – Attorney full-time 67 40.61%
Employed Law Firm – law related part-time 5 3.03%
Employed – Opened Solo Practice 5 3.03%
Employed Law Firm – Non-attorney position 2 1.21%
Employed – Business & Industry law-related 5 3.03%
Employed – Business & Industry non-law related 6 3.64%
Employed – Academia full-time 2 1.21%
Employed – Academia part-time 1 0.61%
Employed – Federal Government 4 2.42%
Employed – State/Local Government 16 9.70%
Judicial Clerkship Federal 5 3.03%
Judicial Clerkship State 7 4.24%
Military 1 0.61%
Public Interest 4 2.42%
Pursuing Graduate Degree F-T 6 3.64%
Unemployed – Seeking 18 10.91%
Unemployed- NOT Seeking 6 3.64%
Employment Status Unknown 5 3.03%
Total 165 100.00%

Salaries

Note that only 52/165 graduates reported salaries. Therefore, these salaries may not be representative and should be considered cautiously.

Employment Type Median Mean
Law Firm (based on 32 reported salaries) $90,000.00 $82,465.00
Business (one salary reported of $42,000) $42,000.00 $42,000.00
Government-Federal (no salaries reported) N/A N/A
Government-State (based on 5 reported salaries) $46,000 $46,220
Judicial Clerkship-State (based on 7 reported salaries) $37,000 $42,643
Judicial Clerkship-Federal (6 salaries of $56,000 reported) $56,000 $56,000
Public Interest (no salaries reported) N/A N/A
Academia $50,000 $50,000

Law Firm Employment Breakdown

By far, over half (55.1%) of the employed 2012 graduates work in private practice.  Of those in private practice, the largest concentration (72%) of graduates work in small to mid-sized law firms staffed of  50 or fewer attorneys. Contrary to popular belief only twenty-one percent (21%) of graduates in private practice work for large law firms staffed by 51 or more attorneys, and six-figure salaries.

Solo 5
2-10 38
11-25 10
26-50 6
51-100 1
101-250 7
251-500 4
501+ 4
75

The percentage of graduates working in state and federal government s a distant second, accounting for 12.1% of all graduates reporting.  Even smaller percentages of the class are employed by business and industry; approximately 6.6%

Employer Location

Based on 126 graduates who submitted information on employer location

State Number of Jobs
Alabama 7
California 2
District of Columbia 6
Florida 4
Georgia 5
Louisiana 1
Massachusetts 1
Minnesota 1
Mississippi 76
Missouri 1
New York 2
North Carolina 2
Ohio 1
South Carolina 2
Tennessee 14
Texas 5
130

Class of 2011

The University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 151 students in 2011.

110 graduates, or 83.3% of the class, were employed within nine months of graduation.

The following represents the employment status of 132 out of 151, or 87.4% of the class.


Employment by Type

Pie Chart of Grad Employment Types, Details below

Detailed Summary of Employment Status

Employed Law Firm – Attorney full-time 57 37.75%
Employed Law Firm – law related part-time 4 2.65%
Employed – Opened Solo Practice 3 1.99%
Employed Legal Temp Agency 3 1.99%
Employed Law Firm – Non-attorney position 2 1.32%
Employed – Business & Industry law-related 6 3.97%
Employed – Business & Industry non-law related 2 1.32%
Employed – Academia full-time 1 0.66%
Employed – Academia part-time 1 0.66%
Employed – Federal Government 6 3.97%
Employed – State/Local Government 9 5.96%
Judicial Clerkship Federal 6 3.97%
Judicial Clerkship State 3 1.99%
Self-Employed –non-legal 1 0.66%
Public Interest 4 2.65%
Pursuing Graduate Degree F-T 11 7.28%
Unemployed – Seeking 13 8.61%
Employment Status Unknown 19 12.58%


Salaries

Note that only 35/151 graduates reported salaries

Employment Type Median Mean
Law Firm (based on 21 reported salaries) $67,500.00 $65,928.57
Business (Based on 4 reported salaries) $65,000.00 $66,250.00
Government-Federal  (based on 2 reported salaries) N/A $54,740.50
Government-State (based on 2 reported salaries) N/A $43,000
Judicial Clerkship – State (1 salary of $47,000.00 reported) N/A N/A
Judicial Clerkship-Federal (1 salary of $57,000.00 reported) N/A N/A
Public Interest (no salaries reported) N/A N/A


Law Firm Employment Breakdown

By far, over half (58.18%) of the employed 2011 graduates work in private practice. Of those in private practice, the largest concentration (73%) of graduates work in small to mid-sized law firms staffed by less than 25 attorneys. Contrary to popular belief only twenty-seven percent (27%) of graduates in private practice work for large law firms staffed by 26 or more attorneys, and six-figure salaries.

Solo 3
2 – 10 36
11-25 8
26-50 4
51-100 5
101-250 5
251-500 2
501+ 1
64

The percentage of graduates working in business and industry is a distant second, accounting for 13.6% of all graduates reporting. Even smaller percentages of the class are employed by federal and state government, federal and state judges, public interest organizations and in academia.


Employer Location

Based on 102 graduates who submitted Information on employer location.

Pie Chart of Grad Employment Locations, Details below

 

Alabama 3
Connecticut 1
DC 5
Florida 8
Georgia 3
Indiana 1
Louisiana 1
Maryland 1
Mississippi 61
Tennessee 13
Texas 2
Virginia 2
West Virginia 1
102

Class of 2010

The University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 162 students in 2010.  One hundred seven (107) graduates, 74.3% of the class, were employed within nine months of graduation.  The Office of Career Services obtained the employment status of 144 out of 162, or 88.9% of the class.

Employment Status

Employment Status Number Percent
Employed F-T 104 64.2%
Employed P-T 3 2.0%
Enrolled in LLM Programs 16 9.8%
Seeking Employment 21 12.9%
Employment Status Unknown 18 11.1%

Employment Type

Employment Setting Number Percent
Private Practice (includes 3 part-time attorneys) 55 51.40%
Business (2 legal positions; 10 non-legal positions) 12 11.2%
Government-Federal 7 6.5%
Government-State 3 2.8%
Judicial Clerkship-County 7 7.5%
Judicial Clerkship-Federal 5 4.7%
Judicial Clerkship-State 7 6.5%
Military (one active duty; one JAG) 2 1.9%
Non-Profit 1 1.0%
Employer Unknown 7 6.5%

Employer Location

State Number Percent
Alabama 6 5.6%
DC 3 2.8%
Florida 1 0.9%
Georgia 6 5.6%
Louisiana 2 1.9%
Mississippi 62 58.1%
Missouri 1 0.9%
South Carolina 1 0.9%
Tennessee 10 9.3%
Texas 4 3.7%
Virginia 3 2.8%
West Virginia 2 1.9%
Wisconsin 2 1.9%
Unknown 4 3.7%

Salaries

Employment Type Median Mean
Private Practice (n=23) $75,000.00 $77,178.96
Business (n=8) $58,500.00 $57,875.00
Government-Federal (n=5) $54,000.00 $55,183.00
Government-State (n=1) $45,000.00 $45,000.00
Judicial Clerkship-County (n=5) $35,400.00 $33,360.00
Judicial Clerkship-State (n=7) $53,000.00 $52,255.43
Judicial Clerkship-Federal (n=5) $56,411.00 $56,682.00

Salaries by Firm Size

Size of Firm Mean Salary Location
101-250 (N=3) $105,000.00 (N=3) MS and AL
51-100 (N=3) $101,250.00 (N=2) MS
26-50 (N=12) $71,188.00 (N=8) MS, TN, WV
11-25 (N=8) $59,500.00 (N=4) GA,VA,TN,MS
2-10 (N=3) P-T $55,023.00 (N=5) MS,GA
2-10 (N=3) P-T $28.00/hr P-T (N=2) GA