As of September 14, 2010, Iowa only gained 264 more attorneys. Also, 89.189% of all test-takers passed the bar exam, i.e. 264/296. I know, for a fact, that many of the people on this list are NOT working as attorneys.
Oh well. I am sure they are happy with that investment they made in themselves. And I am certain that Sallie Mae and the other student lending pigs will be more than happy to work with the under-employed and unemployed grads, too. I’m also pretty confident that Salma Hayek will throw me on the kitchen floor and climb on top of me this Thanksgiving, as well.
Apparently, 65 more people passed the February 2010 Iowa bar exam. This means that the Iowa Bar added 329 more members for 2010. Because Iowa is in such dire need of more lawyers, right?!?!
According to this document, 2,137 attorneys were added to Iowa’s rolls in the 8 years from 2002-2009. This does not include those who passed the 2010 exam. Adding those, 2,466 Iowa attorneys were admitted in the last 9 years. Keep in mind this does not count lawyers who were admitted under reciprocity agreements. (To be fair, some attorneys licensed in Iowa are admitted in several states, and may not actually reside in the state.)
The US Census Bureau estimates that there were 3,007,856 people residing in Iowa – as of 2009. You can also see that the Census shows that the population of this state increased by 2.8% from April 1, 2000 to July 1 2009 - whereas total U.S. population increased by 9.1 percent during this same time.
These figures were compiled by the American Bar Association Market Research Department. Yet the bastards cannot tell us how many lawyers are unemployed or barely subsisting. Anyway, this chart purports to show the number of licensed attorneys by state. We can see that Iowa had 7,036 licensed lawyers as of December 31, 2008. Since that time, 290 were added in 2009 and 329 more in 2010. In the last two years alone, Iowa’s lawyer population increased by 8.8 percent!!
Going off the Iowa bar results for the last two years, plus the ABA chart referenced above, we can say there are about 7,655 attorneys in the state. Of that amount, 2,466 were admitted in the last 9 years. This represents an increase of 32.2% in the last nine years. Well, we already know from the U.S. Census Bureau that Iowa’s population only increased by an estimated 2.8% from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.
What’s that you say, persistent moron preparing to take the LSAT for the third time?! The state can handle 7,655 attorneys? Let’s put that to the test.
Going by the figures above, there is one licensed attorney for every 392.9 Iowa residents, i.e. 3,007,856/7,655. So, it has not reached the saturation level of New York or DC. However, a state such as Iowa does not require a ton of lawyers. This might explain why so many of these recently admitted Iowa attorneys are unable to find legal positions.
Then again, the University of Iowa Commode of Law keeps publishing the following info:
Percentage Employed Overall
Class of 2008 - 100%
Class of 2007 - 99%
Class of 2006 - 99%
Class of 2005 - 99%
Even Third Tier Drake, based out of that third tier city, Des Moines, claims a 94.7% employment placement rate – within 9 months of graduation, of course. This school has the outright audacity to say that 94.7% of its graduates are employed within nine months, even though these four “Honors” and “High Honors” graduates felt the need to start their own toiletlaw firm.
In the last analysis, there are too many lawyers in the state of Iowa. How the hell can a population that has grown by 2.8% in over 9 years support a 32% increase in the number of attorneys, over largely the same nine year period?!?! The population increase in attorneys is essentially 11.5 times greater than the increase in the state’s general population.