New lawyer

Beyond the billable hour

2018-07-31T13:15:08+00:00January 28th, 2016|

The benefits of working as an independent lawyer Two thousand hours. Two thousand billable hours. That is the goal most big law firms set for newly hired lawyers. While it does not sound like much on paper, it does not include time spent on necessary administrative tasks, networking, research and other non-billable time. By contrast, independent attorneys have a lot [...]

Should you start your own firm as a new lawyer?

2018-07-31T13:15:08+00:00January 6th, 2016|

Factors to consider before starting a new law firm You just graduated from law school, you passed the bar, you're sitting on tens of thousands of dollars of student loans, and you still haven't landed that plum law firm job. You're at a crossroads where you ask: should you continue your job search and seek [...]

Big law firm vs. solo practice

2018-07-31T13:15:08+00:00December 22nd, 2015|

The benefits of working as an independent lawyer Two thousand hours. Two thousand billable hours. That is the goal most big law firms set for newly hired lawyers. While it does not sound like much on paper, this figure does not include time spent on necessary administrative tasks, such as filing court paperwork, keeping one's work space organized and speaking [...]

How the cloud can help you launch your law firm

2018-07-31T13:15:08+00:00November 24th, 2015|

Cloud-based tools can help independent lawyers build their business We live in a day and age where an independent lawyer does not need a traditional office or an assistant to run a successful solo law practice. An independent lawyer does, however, need to put his or her head in the cloud. That is, an independent [...]

Join a law firm or start your own?

2018-07-31T13:15:09+00:00November 5th, 2015|

Independent practice for new lawyers You have graduated from a law school and passed the state bar exam. Congratulations: You are a lawyer! So, where do you go from here? With so many applicants and competition for positions in law firms, it could be awhile before you land a job. Plus, if you do get [...]

How to gain experience as a new lawyer

2018-07-31T13:15:09+00:00October 29th, 2015|

Tried-and-true methods for honing your skills and building a network Law graduates are competing against their classmates, graduates in your state, graduates out-of-state, and experienced lawyers for jobs.  As new graduates search for work experience, rely on these tried-and-true strategies for gaining experience. If your goal is to open your own independent law practice, these strategies [...]