Wednesday, April 4, 2012
This is an interesting new blog called HangingShingles I discovered though ATL that follows a recent law grad as he tries to start his own practice. The author is a 2011 grad of a "top 30" law school who, failing to find a job after 6 months of looking, decides to take the plunge by going into practice for himself using his apartment bedroom as an office. He's got $130k in educational debt and $3500 in savings. Can he make it?
His rent is dirt cheap - $250.00 a month (the author doesn't say but he must be sharing his apartment with roommates since even living in the middle of a Kansas cornfield will cost you twice as much). He's got his computer from law school and a decent printer. When he needs to meet clients, he can do so at the local courthouse. He's got access to free online legal research through his bar association. And after putting his name on lists for court appointed cases, after a few weeks he's got 4 (though two are pro bono). He invites readers to follow along and learn from his failures and triumphs as well as offer advice by way of comments. A blog that is definitely worth checking out from time to time to see how the author is doing.
Here's a representative entry called First case! (Day 14) from March 27:
I got my first case today, and it happened quicker than expected! Over the past week, I’ve been introducing myself to local judges, and I put myself on the court-appointed lists in several surrounding counties. Well, someone must have thought I could do a good job, because I have been assigned a felony defense case. Yeah, felony… thanks for easing me in like I asked judge!
This is a great development, because this means money will be coming, but it is also a big step because I can now say officially I have started my own law firm and am representing clients. So, there you go, it’s official.
Ok, I have to get to work now, I have a client!
Takeaway for the day: Preparation is key.