On January 30, 2013, the SC Bar received a report on the economic impact of the legal profession in South Carolina. The study was conducted by Dr. Joseph C. Von Nessen, Research Economist with the Division of Research at the USC Darla Moore School of Business. The conclusion states:
The legal profession in South Carolina is a diverse professional service industry that interacts and contributes to many sectors of the state’s economy. With nearly 13,000 lawyers and legal staff members working in South Carolina, the legal profession has a strong economic footprint in the state. This employment level is estimated to have a total economic impact of over $2.6 billion annually on South Carolina’s economy.
The full report can be found here: http://scbar.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=ZspiTtJ53lg%3d&tabid=81