Monday, October 15, 2007
"In 2002, if you walked out with a degree, you could find a job in the mass tort business," Mississippi College School of Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt is quoted as saying in this article in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. "The legal employment market is tougher now than it was five years ago. There are still good jobs, but students have to start earlier and work harder to find them." According to the article, Mississippi law school graduates are finding it increasingly difficult to get jobs, and tort litigation in particular has become less lucrative, in part because of tort reforms implemented in 2001.
Mississippi provides an interesting case study in mass tort litigation. For years, the state was a hotbed of mass litigation activity despite its lack of a class action rule, which I addressed in Mississippi Class Actions and the Inevitability of Mass Aggregate Litigation and Comments on a Class Action Rule for Mississippi. Last week, our blog gave special attention to one of the beneficiaries of the golden era of Mississippi mass tort litigation, John Arthur Eaves, Jr., a Mississippi mass tort lawyer who is running as the Democratic candidate for governor of Mississippi.