miamiman wrote:Actually, the legal market in florida, one propped up largely by construction, tourism and real estate, has been disproportionately hit by ITE trends. Tampa/St. Pete was already a decaying, third-tier market prior to ITE; the current recession and decline in legal services nationally has simply hastened that death.
I agree with this in general, though I hate to see my home being called a third-tier market haha. I don't know if I would describe Tampa/St. Pete pre-ITE as declining, but it definitely was fairly stagnant. The decline here now ITE is insane. There was already a massive glut of lawyers, and there's just not a lot of business transactions that happen in Tampa/St. Pete, comparatively. Crim was fairly robust (as far as crim goes) due to the amount of crime in the area (lots of of drugs) and the US govt. trying cases in Federal Court in Tampa, but I've seen a move away from expensive legal representation and people sticking with PD. Admiralty has been drying up in general. Firms here didn't take too many SAs to begin with, and now some firms slashed SA positions and some have cut summer programs altogether (again, not a unique situation). Local govt. has almost frozen hiring.
The Tampa/St. Pete market isn't gonna die, but ITE has made the horrific glut of lawyers, even relative to other parts of the country, especially apparent. The glut isn't at NY levels, but the market was never really roaring, and could never absorb all the UF, FSU, and especially Stetson grads who wanted jobs here, even in the good days. I just hope Tampa/St. Pete can claw its way back to the "mediocre yet comfortable stagnation" level.