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
If I was in law school right now and this was my ambition, I would be talking to various banks and finding this out now. Planning is the key. But if you go virtual and avoid the trappings of a typical second wave law office, you will find start up costs are very, very low and may not even have to go that route. I have been told lawyers are considered a good risk, this told to me by a student who has been in the loan industry for years.
Success is all about the planning....so start planning now, managing your students loans, researching the internet for information, understanding and getting familiar with the technologies that will make your life immeasurably easier and start to think about all the people you know...and who they know....find mentors in the areas of law you are interested in but stay open to opportunities. Going solo you still have to pay your dues...while paying your bills. But you are in charge of where you go. And there is a lot to be said for that.