thesealocust wrote:Duralex wrote:California, taken as a whole, is the largest legal market in the United States
I SMELL FALSE STATISTICS.
http://www.averyindex.com/lawyers_per_capita.php (NY has 2x the lawyers per capita)
--LinkRemoved-- (NY has more lawyers than CA)
Thanks for playing, though!
Number of lawyers per capita is not a proper singular measure of a legal market. Otherwise I could have a notional state with a population of 20 people, and if one of them were a lawyer I could claim the largest market in the nation. Note that Delaware ranks third in the AveryIndex list. That's LOL, corporate work in its chancery courts aside.
That said, I've been skeptical about the absolute nature of the claim as well--I'm not sure precisely what stats are used to support it. I'll ask the people I've heard this from. Still, it seems misleading to lump LA/SF in with all of the other "secondary" markets if we're only going to recognize two levels.
EDIT: As pertains to market size by lawyers per capita, a ten year old RAND study suggests to me that CA's claim of supremacy may have been true (relatively briefly) in the past, which makes sense given the people I've heard this from are largely vets of the "LA Law" era. Excerpt below.
The overall conclusion we draw from examining quantitative data from the profile and projections is that the number of Bar-certified lawyers is likely to keep pace with or exceed the expected growth in demand between now and 2015, for the state as a whole and for each region in the state as well.
After 10 decades over which the legal profession grew approximately as a function of population growth in the United States, the 1970s and 1980s witnessed an unprecedented expansion in the number of lawyers per capita, with California leading the nation on this measure. By 1990, there was an acknowledged oversupply of attorneys, and a declining economy led many of them to exit the profession. At present, data from the profile and projections suggest that in California the labor market may be in near equilibrium; that is, overall levels of supply and demand are reasonably well matched, as noted above. That the ratio of lawyers per thousand people in California is now approximating the national average after having been substantially higher earlier in the decade tends to substantiate this view.
from http://www.rand.org/pubs/monograph_repo ... 10.sum.pdf