Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to start your own law practice right out of law school

No, I didn't write this article! It was written by Branigan Robertson, JD, in the Business Insider.

From the article: (I'd have linked directly to the article, but Business Insider wants users to subscribe. )
Here is a list of the essential things you must do to succeed in starting your own law firm right out of school:
  1. Ignore the People Who Say You Can’t
  2. Plan Ahead
  3. Pick Only One Area of Law
  4. Pick the Right Area of Law
  5. Build a Referral Network
  6. Build a Website Immediately
  7. Join Organizations and Listservs
  8. Remember That Clients Don’t Care About Your GPA, Law Review, or Age.
Personal note: #5 is more important than #6. Your website should be built, sure, but it's not going to be what draws clients to you. Clients will use it to call you, but only once they've heard your name from someone else. #1 is also very important. Even if you're not sure you can, keep going, and the work will start coming.

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