The Law School’s employment statistics are derived from survey information submitted voluntarily by our graduates and reflects their status as of February 15, 2014.    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

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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.  Click on “Required ABA Disclosures”, above, to review the law school’s 2014, 2013 and 2012 ABA Employment Questionnaires.

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Class of 2014

University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 179 students in 2014.

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.

The Law School’s employment statistics are derived from survey information submitted voluntarily by our graduates and reflects their status as of March 15, 2015.   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.

One hundred fifty (150) graduates, or 86.7% of the class, were employed or attending LL.M programs within nine months of graduation [1]. 

One hundred forty three (143) were employed (82.7%) and seven (7) were pursuing graduate degrees full-time (4%) .

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

Employment Status

Employment Status Number Percent
Employed Law Firm-Bar Pass Required F-T 80 44.7%
Employed Law Firm-Bar Pass Required P-T 1 .6%
Employed Business and Industry 22 12.3%
   Other Business 11
   Banking/Finance 4
   Legal Temporary Agency 2
    Accounting 1
   Entertainment/Sports Mgt Company 1
   Insurance 1
   Trade Association or Political Campaign 2
Employed-Academia full-time 3 1.7%
Employed-Federal Government 3 1.7%
Employed-State/Local Government 15 8.3%
   Prosecutor 6
   State Agency 7
  Agency Name Unknown 2
Judicial Clerkship Federal 6 3.3%
Judicial Clerkship State/Local 6 3.3%
Military 1 .6%
Public Interest 7 4%
Pursuing Degree F-T 7 4%
Unemployed-Seeking 21 11.6%
Unemployed-NOT Seeking 1 .6%
Employment Status Unknown 6 3.3%
Total 179 100.00%

 

Employer Location

State Number
Alabama 13
Arkansas 1
Colorado 1
California 2
DC 5
Florida 2
Georgia 6
Illinois 4
Kentucky 2
Michigan 1
Mississippi 78
Missouri 2
Nevada 1
New York 3
North Carolina 3
Pennsylvania 1
South Carolina 2
Tennessee 8
Texas 7
Virginia 1

 

Salaries

Note that not all graduates report salaries, and a minimum of five salaries is required for each salary analysis.  Therefore, these salaries may not be representative and should be considered cautiously.

Employment Type Median Mean
Bar Pass Required (n=53) $58,000.00 $65,708.00
JD Advantage (n=9) $33,000.00 $36,000.00
Business (n=5) $60,000.00 $71,000.00
Government (n=11) $40,000 $42,385.00
Judicial Clerkship (n=7) $55,00.00 $57,579.00

 

Law Firm Employment Breakdown

Solo 6
2-10 55 (1 P-T)
11-25 7
26-50 6
51-100 1
101-250 2
251-500 4
501+ 0

 

Class of 2013

The University of Mississippi School of Law graduated 190 students in 2013.

One hundred sixty five (165) graduates, or 93.2% of the class, were employed or attending LL.M programs within nine months of graduation[1].  One hundred fifty three were employed (85.42%) and twelve (6.32%) were pursuing graduate degrees full-time.


[1] Utilizing National Association of Legal Professionals Methodology (number employed and number pursuing degrees full time [165] divided by the number whose status is known (179).
 

Employment Status

Employment Status Number Percent
Employed Law Firm-Attorney F-T 87 45.79%
Employed Business and Industry 28 14.74%
   Legal Temporary Agency 3
   Banking/Finance 1
   Insurance 1
   Entertainment/Sports Mgt Company 2
   Trade Association or Political Campaign 1
   Other Business 14
   Started own business 2
   In House Legal 4
Employed-Academia full-time 3 1.58%
Employed-Federal Government 3 1.58%
Employed-State/Local Government 11 5.79%
   Prosecutor 10
   State Agency 1
Judicial Clerkship Federal 6 3.16%
Judicial Clerkship State/Local 10 5.26%
Military 2 1.05%
Public Interest 3 1.58%
Pursuing Degree F-T 12 6.32%
Unemployed-Seeking 13 6.84%
Unemployed-NOT Seeking 1 .53%
Employment Status Unknown 11 5.79%
Total 190 100.00%

Employer Location

State Number
Alabama 13
Arkansas 1
Colorado 2
California 2
DC 5
Florida 4
Georgia 12
Illinois 1
Louisiana 2
Minnesota 1
Mississippi 78
Missouri 2
New Mexico 1
North Carolina 1
Pennsylvania 1
South Carolina 1
Tennessee 13
Texas 8
Virginia 2
Wisconsin 2

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 (n=26) $70,000.00 $75,423.00
Business (n=3) $75,000.00 $87,000.00
Government-Federal (n=2; $58,000, $85,000)
Government-State (n=0)
Judicial Clerkship-County (n=5) $35,400.00 $33,360.00
Judicial Clerkship-State (n=3) $54,000.00 $55,000.00
Judicial Clerkship-Federal (n=6) $56,00.00 $56,750.00
Public Interest (n=0)
Academia (n=1; $60,000)

Law Firm Employment Breakdown

Solo 9
2-10 51 (1 P-T)
11-25 7
26-50 5
51-100 6
101-250 2
251-500 4
501+ 0
Size Unknown 3

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