The Allocation of Status Within Occupations: The Case of the Legal Profession

Erlanger, Howard S.
March 1980
Social Forces;Mar80, Vol. 58 Issue 3, p882
Academic Journal
This article presents information on occupational status. It is informed that most studies of status attainment in American society have focused on the big picture, on the relationship between background and individual achievement in the stratification system as a whole and on mobility between occupational groups. This article analyzes the correlates of intraoccupational achievement for lawyers in private practice in the U.S., using data from a national survey of lawyers conducted in 1973 and 1974. Data from other studies are also considered. It is informed that the major intraoccupational studies to date include several studies of lawyers, several studies of the scientific community as well as studies of military leaders, academics and priests. These studies have not yielded a set of consistent findings. Within private practice; the most visible indicator of a lawyer's clientele is the size of the firm in which he or she practices. While there are notable exceptions, in general, major corporations and wealthy individuals are represented by large law firms, while small businesses and individuals of moderate or low income are represented by small firms or by lawyers in solo practice. The largest firms are located in major financial centers like New York, Washington, and Chicago, and employ as many as 200 attorneys.


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