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Susan Cartier Liebel

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #70 on: June 04, 2007, 11:34:33 PM »
As for your question regarding business cards for a soon to be graduate?  There is absolutely nothing wrong with having this information.  Remember, you are in active 'prospecting' mode.  It suggests professionalism and anticipation of your graduation date.  You have to stay open to all opportunities and have a 'handout' to provide information to interested prospects for employment or future clients.  It doesn't matter what other law students think about this.  What matters is does it make sense to you from a marketing perspective and are you comfortable including this information.  If you are going solo...why not have a card that says, "Law offices of (          )
opening on (date) - in keeping with when you anticipate passing the bar and hanging your shingle.  Creativity combined with personality and uniqueness are not mutually exclusive characteristics with being a lawyer.  They are, however, imperatives when being your own boss and running a legal services business.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2007, 12:04:15 AM »
Just wanted to let you know I checked the threads and I believe it is one of semantics.  Some students are getting caught up on the idea that it is a 'business' card and you are not really in business yet so it seems you are pretending or prematurely empowering yourself and feel discomforted.   Here was my reply on one thread.

I think the issue is one of semantics, calling it a 'business card.'  This whole concept of a square of elegant paper being passed along with contact information originated as a 'calling card.'  It provided 'contact' information for those you chose to give it to so they could call upon you. 

If you remove the term 'business' from the dialogue does it make more sense that you should have a professional calling card for those who may be interested in you as a prospect for future employment or might want to consider you as a lawyer for future business once you are eligible to be hired as a professional?

With this thought in mind, doesn't it make sense to have this marketing tool?
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2007, 10:21:12 AM »
Hey Susan

Any recommendations on how one could get a paid gig working for a solo during the summer?  They must need help occasionally, right?

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #73 on: June 05, 2007, 09:56:22 PM »
Source out the solos in your immediate environment that do the kind of law you think you might like to do and contact them.  Let them know that you have ambitions to be a solo practitioner, that you understand they are very talented at what they do and you would like to learn.  Tell them you are willing to work for what is fair but if they don't seem to be able to pay, then tell them you would like to work on cases that YOU bring in and only get paid for that work.  The reason I am suggesting this is because you could get a paid gig at night in a restaurant and work for a solo during the day if you have to.  However, if you offer to get paid only for the work you bring in you have an incentive to start testing your own rainmaking skills.  I'm sure people have approached you already saying,"I've got work for you when you get out of school."  Start working on your skills to bring in clients now and start developing your marketing skills now and you will be glad you did.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #74 on: July 14, 2007, 11:35:40 AM »
what are your thoughts on temping (lawyer work) while building your practice?

can it be done very part time, just enough to pay the bills, while trying to build a solo firm?

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« Reply #75 on: July 18, 2007, 02:33:05 PM »
It depends...you can barter office space with another and do some work for them paid with the understanding you are building your own business. It is important you come up with an agreement which defines the terms of your arrangement.  Or you can work at night while you are building your business during the day.  Depending upon the environment it will either work for your business..or if it presents an image counter to the new image you are trying to project you may have to find a 'dialogue' to counter this.  You can look to do contract work for other lawyers on a 1099 basis.  You have to create the work situation which is right for you.  I have many lawyers listed under "Passed the Bar - Hung a Shingle" - one talks about his part-time gig before he went full-time.  There is only one rule for solos, there are no rules, only exceptions.  This is the creative part of it.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #76 on: September 25, 2007, 12:00:32 PM »
Hey Susan, did you ever get a list of schools that had good "going solo" programs/classes?

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #77 on: September 25, 2007, 11:00:23 PM »
This seems to be the million dollar question...it remains very elusive!
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #78 on: September 26, 2007, 01:58:05 PM »
hmmmm...   :-\

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Re: Are you thinking about opening your own practice right out of school?
« Reply #79 on: November 15, 2007, 02:04:12 PM »
To continue this conversation...Oklahoma Law schools seem to have some offerings.  There is a professor at Stetson Law School in Florida...and John Kitsch I believe is in Virginia.

Again,this list is very elusive. Why?  Because it falls more within the realm of practical training, business training and does not lend itself to the socratic method or doctrine or elements necessary for passing the bar. 

As I hear of more schools making these offerings I will post.  I'm trying!!!
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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