The Labor Market for Attorneys in the State of California

Past, Present, and Future

by Tora K. Bikson, Megan K. Beckett, Susan M. Gates, Cassandra M. Guarino, Karen E. Ross, Ron Zimmer


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This report seeks to identify supply-demand mismatches in the legal marketplace and assesses the need for new policy initiatives. This project pursued four research objectives-developing a profile of practicing attorneys in California, projecting future supply and demand, determining what California’s top law scholars expect to happen, and exploring what legal minds anticipate as upcoming trends. The authors found little in the way of potential supply-demand mismatches but do note that many areas and groups remain underserved and should have their needs addressed by looking beyond supply-demand considerations.

Table of Contents

  • Summary

    Executive Summary

  • Preface

    All Prefatory Materials

  • Section One


  • Section Two

    Literature Review

  • Section Three

    Profile of Current California Attorneys

  • Section Four

    Projections of California Labor Market Conditions for Lawyers

  • Section Five

    Survey of California's Top Quality Law Schools

  • Section Six

    Survey of Law Firms

  • Section Seven

    Expert Interviews: Balancing Supply and Demand

  • Section Eight

    Conclusions and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Description of Data Sources

  • Appendix B

    Methodology Supplement to the Projections

  • Appendix C

    Selecting California Law Schools for Survey Participation

  • Appendix D

    Interview Protocols

  • Supplemental

    Supplementary Materials

The research described in this report was sponsored by the University of California. This research was conducted by RAND Education.

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