If contributions from law firms are any bellwether of overall fund-raising patterns, then it looks like Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., will march toward the Democratic nomination in the 2008 presidential election with her war chest full.

Clinton has received more money from law firms and lawyers on a national basis than has any other individual candidate, having culled approximately $2.4 million from the legal profession in the current two-year election cycle. The same holds true around Washington, D.C.: Clinton’s campaign has brought in almost $300,000 from the District’s 20 richest law firms alone.