Hillary Mantis in The National Jurist recently commented on the increase in recent law school graduates going directly into solo practice right after law school. In fact, in the Class of 2011, 6% went solo. If you are considering going that route, there are pros and cons you should be aware of:
These days doing legal research is easier and less expensive than it used to be, and with digital technology, you may not even need an office, further cutting expenses. While you may not get training, mentoring, or have partners available to answer questions, Bar Associations have resources and committees to help you set up your own practice. The biggest drawback of a solo practice is finding a way to attract clients.
If you do decide to become a solo practitioner you should start making connections while in law school, take practical courses so you’ll have as many skills as possible and look for practice areas that are expanding. To read the article in it’s entirety, click here.