Congrats, Law School Grad! Now what?
Hopefully you are heading towards your dream job. Perhaps in private practice? Government? Litigation?
Good luck to you!
If you are considering, however, the audacity of hanging out your own shingle, then these two books are for you:
Solo out of Law School: A “How Can” Guide to Starting a Law Firm as a New Attorney”, by Michael F. Brennan, gives an honest account about what it takes to start a new law practice. Much of running a law practice is having the right mental attitude, drive, and focus. The author gives advice on the mental motivation to becoming a success. And he also talks about how to handle the negatives: set-backs, self-doubt, and what other people think. It is an excellent guide to examine whether having your own law practice is right for you and giving you the motivation to conquer the challenges.
Law Office on a Laptop: How to Set Up Your Own Successful Mobile Law Practice, Second Edition, by Catherine Hodder, Esq. and Kelly C. Sturmthal, Esq., is a resource manual that sets out a step-by-step action plan for starting a new law practice utilizing the latest technology. From setting up your legal structure, to choosing the right systems and software, to handling collections and clients, to marketing strategies, this is an excellent reference. The second edition has over 20% more information including marketing with social media.
With sample forms and letters, helpful links, website information and checklists, this book has mapped out everything an attorney needs. An excellent reference for attorneys who want to operate with low overhead or have a mobile law office.
Starting up your own law practice can be challenging and scary but it is also very rewarding! Do your homework and research if starting out a “solo” law practice is for you. Good luck, law school grad!