Getting A Great Start Fresh Out Of Law School

Getting A Great Start Fresh Out Of Law School

When you first graduate from law school, you have plenty of different options to choose from. One of the first things law student’s fresh out of school can do is work for a huge law firm in order to gain some experience. This is highly recommended for some people because the experience will be essential in starting up your solo firm. However, if you were an intern at a law firm while you were in law school, then you are already ahead of the game. This is where you may want to make a decision about whether or not you should start your own firm. If you already have a general idea of what you would like to do, then you need to start thinking about all of the different things that are going to be required of you. If financial issues are a big concern, you may want to think about getting a part-time or full-time job at a law firm to start. This experience will be something that is valuable no matter what you choose to do. It really does not matter how much time you work in a law firm, but you want to be sure you are financially able to open your own firm. Another thing you are going to need to think about is lawyer marketing. A new lawyer with no experience most likely is not going to be able to start a solo practice firm without help.

Gaining Experience While Planning Your Solo Firm

By working in another firm right out of law school, it will be an excellent opportunity for you to gain as much experience as possible. You also will be able to start putting your name out there while attached to a law firm. Getting the most experience during this time is going to be crucial. You also can start strategizing how you plan on making your mark in the solo firm world. You will need to think about marketing and advertising your own name so that people know you exist. You also can start looking at lawyer marketing to find out what services you have at your disposal. The reason lawyers hire lawyer marketing companies is because it takes a lawyer to know what another lawyer is going to need in regards to marketing and advertising. The most seasoned lawyers are going to give you the best advice because they have been around the block several times and know what is going to work and what is not. During this time you should also be paying off anything that needs to be taken care of and planning a startup fund for your new firm.

Getting A Great Start Fresh Out Of Law School

Getting Ready To Go Solo

Once you make the decision to go solo, it is a professional courtesy for you to tell all of your co-workers that you are planning on starting your own firm. From there you need to discuss with your current firm when you plan on leaving and starting your own firm. As you are doing all of this, you also should be hiring a lawyer marketing company to market your name and brand. Make sure that you have lawyer marketing at the top of your list because the very first thing you are going to need more than anything is clients for your new firm. You also should have thought about hiring a legal secretary or paralegal to help you with all of your paperwork. In the early years of your legal career, it is vital that you have an experienced legal secretary or paralegal working for you because they will know how to do the paperwork correctly and get it processed. Most brand new lawyers do not know about this process, and the lawyers need to focus their time on the practice of law. So always be sure that you have an experienced paralegal that knows the law in your local area and state.

Heading Into Your Solo Career

Now comes the fun part of gaining your own clients without having a firm name backing you up. Hopefully your lawyer marketing has worked out well, and you have some clients to go with you as you start your new firm. You need to choose quality clients as opposed to worrying about the quantity of clients. You need to be able to spend time with each potential client and be sure it is a case that you should take. You also want to find cases that you will be able to win or get a good settlement because one of the main things you need to do as a new lawyer is to establish a name for yourself. As time goes on you will be able to juggle a few more cases and be able to get much more complex in the cases you choose to take. However, at this time you want to concentrate on building your law firm’s reputation and keeping your client’s satisfied.

Running your own office as a new lawyer is going to be stressful. However, if you have hired supporting staff that is very reliable and can get the job done, it will make everything that much easier for you. You must remember that quality versus quantity is going to be the number one thing you need to focus on as a new lawyer. As you become more established you will be able to hire additional lawyers to work in your firm, and you will be able to expand at a decent pace knowing that your lawyer marketing has been the number one investment for your business.

Getting A Great Start Fresh Out Of Law School

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Written by Richard Martindale - About the Author: Richard Martindale is a practicing attorney and the President/CEO of an internet marketing company in Austin called Clockwork Social Media. Richard also publishes the Attorney Marketing Profits Blog. Naturally this article is connected to Richard’s profile, Twitter, Facebook and to LinkedIn so check him out in all these places.
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