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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2007, 05:01:02 PM »
any more good info?  :)

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2007, 05:19:27 PM »
Yes, but it's all on my blog!

www.susancartierliebel.typepa d.com

I answer a lot of law student's/lawyer's questions in the catgegory "You Ask....I Answer."

Hope that helps.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2007, 05:21:35 PM »
ill check it out this weekend  :)

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2007, 11:01:39 PM »
Wow. This thread is great and encouraging.  Thanks Susan!

As soon as I finished reading, I rushed to my soon-to-be school's website (Mercer) to check for such a class.  It's not exactly "Solo Practice 101," but it's pretty close:


Managing Law Practice      LAW 629 2 Hours
This course explores the organizational setting of law practice through student simulations and guest appearances by practicing lawyers. Special attention is given to the management of law firms with fewer than ten lawyers. Subjects include partnership structure, client relations, malpractice insurance, computer applications, billing, financial planning, marketing, specialization, compensation, and the hiring process. One session is devoted to solo practice. S/U Enrollment limited to 24. Seniors only.

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2007, 04:35:23 AM »
That sounds like a great class.  If this is something you are interested in (solo practice) you should definitely take it as an elective.  Thanks for sharing.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #35 on: April 22, 2007, 12:01:07 AM »
Thank you for that information.  It is much appreciated.  If anyone knows more....please let me know.  And I will still field questions if asked.  I want there to be change in law school and the best chance there is for that; law students need to speak up.

Thank you.

Susan,

When looking to set up shop, how important is proximity to your law school or the closest legal market to your law school, especially if your school is extremely regional?  For example, I'm planning to go to a school in GA, but I might want to relocate to TX after graduating (where I grew up and have some connections).  I would worry that taking myself away from my network would lower my client base.  Would you advise working/living in your desired market for a period of time before going solo?

Thanks!

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #36 on: April 22, 2007, 04:00:17 PM »
Lets say I am interested in stuff like commercial litigation. Wouldn't I have to start at a firm first? it seems like there are certain practice areas where there really isn't any business to be had for a solo with no experience. I mean, you talk about my personal network but none of my friends, or any of their friends, need a good antitrust lawyer.

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #37 on: April 22, 2007, 04:44:01 PM »
There were two great questions asked and I hate to do this but they were both answered on my blog in different areas but this is the link to the section "You Asked...I Answered."  Although not exactly on all fours with the first question, the principles are the same.
http://susancartierliebel.typepad.com/build_a_solo_practice/2007/01/you_aski_answer.html
As to the second question, it's loaded because...if your mission is to go solo one still has to pay their dues.  Even if you worked at a large firm that did the type of law you want to practice...how much do you think you would really get to do for the first five years?  Being compartmentalized on one portion of a major case gives you very little exposure to the whole enchilada.  And when you go solo paying your dues means starting to do other types of work to earn money to finance what you truly want to do.  That may take the same amount of time or shorter than working at a larger firm and you will gain greater legal experience.  There are plenty of solos, thanks to very effective use of technology, who are taking on HUGE cases traditionally reserved for Big Law.  So, you still need to pay your dues, get mentors, and take business that pays the bills first but get high tech and be prepared to think large.  One can't just graduate and open a solo practice and jump into an exclusive area of law like entertainment law (unless they are totally connected and have a history in the industry prior) without some dues paying.  I hope that helps.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #38 on: April 22, 2007, 04:52:39 PM »
Thanks for the info. I am actually curious about what you are specifically thinking of when you say "effective use of technology." I have been a paralegal at a Biglaw firm (which will obviously remain nameless) and know that there is a lot more that my old firm, at least, could be doing. If this is already answered on your blog just let me know.

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« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2007, 06:39:50 PM »
Go to the Technology and Blog categories on my blog(read)...then go to my blog roll and click on FutureLawyer and Home Office Lawyer.  These are great sites that will give you information and direct you further.  High tech also involves having a (an almost)paperless office, virtual assistants, everything outsourced and 1099'd and maximized use of technology so a large firm can't bury you in paperwork because you scan documents to create reports, with the insertion of your flash drive, etc.  I'm not a techno-geek so I can only go so far on technology, so I refer you to these sites as a start.  Hope that helps.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
Build A Solo Practice, LLC
Newly Minted or Well Seasoned, Teaching You How to Create and Grow Your Legal Practice
http://buildasolopractice.com

Follow the Construction of Solo Practice University
http://solopracticeuniversity.com