They have things called practice books that tell you what to do, step by step with forms for every specialty imaginable. You should invest in them if you ever get a license to practice. As for private fees, what a federal court might award is irrelevant. Private fees are negotiated between the parties and unless unconscionable are usually much higher than federal court rates. I dare say, a competent solo practioner can gross 200K these days their first full year out these days because technology would make them even more efficient.http://myshingle.com/2011/06/articles/solo-out-of-law-school/is-160000-for-a-solo-out-of-law-school-realistic-or-rare/
I was in a good location, small town with only a few attorneys that was also the county seat with a giant prison just opening up there which provided as many PD, family law and civil rights cases as one could ever want from prisoners and correctional officers. They were so short of lawyers, lawyers drove up 90 minutes from the next county down to take cases. Now if I was opening up in LA which is crawling with lawyers, I doubt I would have done as well.