wow you seem to be living in fear. Just because you think thats going to happen to you it doesn't mean it's going to happen to others. Step out of that negative mindset. If I ever become a lawyer I will definetly open my own practice. And guess what? I'll gaurantee that I will be succesfull. The only thing holding me back right now is that I don't want to pay for it so I'm searching for scholarships to fund most if not all of my education because I hate being in debt for education. Education should be free for everybody but thats another topic altogether.
Here's a quote for everybody to memorize:
"Without a doubt, the most common weakness of all human beings is the habit of leaving their minds open to the negative influence of other people" --Napoleon Hill
This isn't exactly the reason to think twelve times before starting your own practice. Doing so right out of law school, for all but a tiny percentage, is extraordinarily dumb. As a friend once said, new solo practitioners are walking malpractice machines. Sad but true.
IF you're willing to duplicate the learning process in a firm or DA/PD's office, maybe. IF you're willing to spend twice as much time on every case, billing less than full charge, maybe. IF you're heart-numbingly aware of your own shortcomings, and are willing to absorb anything that anyone in practice is willing to teach you, maybe. IF you're truly serious, maybe. Anything short of that, and the answer is not just No, but a good ol Texas "Hell No."