2 Must Read Books for the Law School Grad

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 

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

Catherine Hodder, Esq. and Kelly C. Sturmthal, Esq., put together 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. Read the reviews here.

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!



7 Tips to Beat Loneliness in Solo Law Practice


Lonely LawyerHaving a solo law practice is great!  It is wonderful to be your own boss and call all the shots.  The downside is that there may be no one to listen to you.  Although it is rewarding to hang out your own shingle, it can get lonely.

Here are some ideas to get you connected with others in your field to share the highs and lows of solo law practice:

1. Find Lawyer Groups to Network With

You will find that your state bar association has many groups and divisions of like-minded attorneys who meet in your area. Join a couple of events to meet other attorneys.  You may gain insights to improve your practice and perhaps a few referrals as well.

2. Attend Networking Events

There are many business to business networks or Chamber of Commerce organizations that organize networking events. Try a few and see which ones you enjoy and try to meet other professionals. They may have sound business advice and can refer clients to you once they know about you. Read more

Do’s and Don’ts for Marketing Legal Services with Video



What should you do or not do when marketing legal services with video?  Nicole Abboud, founder of Abboud Media has been giving us great tips on making an effective video for your law practice.

She helps attorneys develop their brand and grow their practice. In today’s post, Nicole shares the do’s and don’ts for marketing legal services with video.


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This could be your office…

Want more tips and advice for your awesome law practice? Check out Law Office on a Laptop, Second Edition: How to Set Up Your Own Successful Law Mobile Law Practice.

What to Do in the First 8 Seconds of Your Law Marketing Video

Nicole Abboud, founder of Abboud Media, shares what you should do in the first 8 seconds of your law marketing video (and in the remaining time) to put together an effective video for your law practice. Her company has great insights of how to use the power of video to build your brand and grow your law practice.



1. Start with the Story of You

Don’t recite your resume and qualifications. Engage your viewer with an interesting story about why you do what you do and how you can help them. Or grab their attention with an interesting statistic or something that they did not know. Then introduce yourself and your background. Read more