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Susan Cartier Liebel

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A fellow blogger who runs Lawsagna...a very great blog helping students while in law school to navigate through their many issues, asked me to help her readers with the question:  "If I want to go solo after graduation, what can I do while I am in law school to help me achieve this goal."

I've recently answered this question on my blog for those who are interested.

http://susancartierliebel.typepad.com/build_a_solo_practice/2007/07/you-aski-answer.html

Would love to know what you have been doing in furtherance of your goal of going solo if this is what you know you want to do.  Please share.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007, 10:21:11 PM »
Probably not going solo, but I am working for a solo this summer.  It has been a great experience so far.  None of the bull politicking and ass kissing that is done at law firms.  It's just you, the clients and actual legal work.  I've learned a lot from this experience about what it means to be a lawyer. 

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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2007, 06:53:24 PM »
Starter,

I'm glad you posted this information about your experience.  It is important for lawyers to actually see how the work is getting done versus being pigeon-holed in some back room doing document reveiw or shephardizing.  This is not to say this work isn't important. However, when you get a chance to get in the trenches and see the whole picture...being a lawyer feels more real.  Thanks for sharing.
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2007, 10:30:44 AM »
Susan,
One of the points i keep seeing brought up about new solos getting clients is by networking family/friends/colleagues.

But what about those of us that plan on moving to a complete new city where we will know on one?

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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2007, 11:52:50 AM »
Susan,
One of the points i keep seeing brought up about new solos getting clients is by networking family/friends/colleagues.

But what about those of us that plan on moving to a complete new city where we will know on one?

This is a great way to qualify for government welfare! Congrats. 
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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2007, 01:47:32 PM »
Blueb73,

Experience is experience.  The only thing that changes is the rules for the jurisdiction.  Going out of state presents different challenges.  But you and I have had this discussion before  :)
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2007, 01:54:32 PM »
Susan,
One of the points i keep seeing brought up about new solos getting clients is by networking family/friends/colleagues.

But what about those of us that plan on moving to a complete new city where we will know on one?

This is a great way to qualify for government welfare! Congrats. 

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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #7 on: July 16, 2007, 01:58:04 PM »
Blueb73,

Experience is experience.  The only thing that changes is the rules for the jurisdiction.  Going out of state presents different challenges.  But you and I have had this discussion before  :)

yes, but this is a big concern for me.

any thoughts on temping while building your clientèle?

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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2007, 04:18:47 PM »
like the part about the "form file" for case pleadings (I'm assuming they're saying organize by issue, etc)...

I have no intention of going solo but as soon as I get my PACER password I'm off to the races on that...



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Re: If You Want to Go Solo...What You Can Do This Summer to Get Started
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2007, 05:37:52 PM »
Blueb73

You are going to have to network heavily with Bar Associations, social groups which compliment your lifestyle choices, CLE, build a serious blogging presence which is an equalizer and more.  So much turns on where you will be relocating, your personality and a variety of topics.  It is more challenging but not impossible. 
Susan Cartier Liebel, Esq.
Build A Solo Practice, LLC
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