It could be that as someone who has been out of law school for a while and has been an associate in a large NYC firm, I am not part of the target audience for the book. If you have been out law school for more than a year, don't waste your money on this book! A book is usually pretty good when it leads to interesting discussions afterward. Solo Contendere among other things is a platform to bring out true war stories of professional life in the trenches.
$olo Contendere | Solo Practice University®
These are things you don't learn in law school because they aren't covered on the bar exam. Many notable trial lawyers did not get started at prestigious law firms. Abraham Lincoln rode the circuit, appearing in county courts when in session, handling a wide variety of cases.
Melvin Belli's first gig was to pose as a hobo for the Works Progress Administration to observe the Depression's impact on vagrants. With a law license, you can do a lot of things, including solo practice. Author Marc Garfinkle's advice applies to all service professionals, only to attorneys in greater measure due to the nature of practicing law. The pros and cons of taking on partners, of accepting cases involving friends and family are salient examples. This advice spans everything from establishing the type of office suitable for your particular solo practice to billing and collection concerns.
There are many ways to go solo as an attorney. Garfinkle explains how to market oneself to other attorneys, performing various support work. There are many ways to specialize or else generalize with a specialty. The book does not cover specialization in depth.
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Instead it gives a broad outline of the considerations in becoming known as a specialist. What I as a non-attorney liked best were the cautions about how not to lose clients.
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Garfinkle feels strongly that an attorney should continually review the files he gives several practical tips on filing procedures too and return client calls. Such behaviors are obvious yet they must be difficult to do consistently, otherwise attorneys would all be doing them.
I was a believer in the prospect for attorneys going solo right out of law school. I believed this strongly before reading Solo Contendere. A lot of people in my geographical area have trouble finding the right attorney. And I reside in the Beltway where attorneys are numerous. Just conduct an informal survey of various individuals to determine whether they'd feel more comfortable going to a new generalist attorney in an inexpensive office versus signing up with a heavy-hitter partner in a luxurious office. Getting established in a new field, particularly in this economy, is flat out difficult.
But given the unrequited desire of many potential clients to find an attorney that will on balance help them, the door cannot be as closed as it looks.
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He tells how to make a business plan, how to get work from lawyers, how to build a good reputation. The state bar associations of Ohio, Missouri, and Colorado publish their own versions of Solo Contendere for distribution to their members.
Informational and inspirational, easy to read and brimming with the author's enthusiasm for his subject, this book is a blueprint for the new lawyer who wants to have clients, but has no legal experience. A book that tells you it's okay to go right out on your own.