Sunday, February 27, 2011

Tips for solo practitioners

More law grads than usual will decide to hang a shingle this year because they don't have a better option.  Here are some good tips for going solo you may want to pass along to your students or give them to your career services people so they can pass them along as appropriate.  First up is this post from the Lawyerist:

  • Invest in your website.
  • Find a support network.
  • Network, network, network.

You can read the rest here.

Next is this advice from a new column at Above the Law that focuses on small practice issues:

Do you want to run a business, or do you want to practice law?

'Both' is the wrong answer.… 

I’m not saying you can’t do both, because every lawyer who successfully launches a law firm is both running a business and practicing law. But the question isn’t 'Can you …?' It’s 'Do you want to …?' And what your motivation is for starting your own firm is critical to whether you’ll succeed.

FWIW the notoriously critical ATL commenters, for the most part,  found this column very helpful and informative. You can read the rest of it here.


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