It’s Law Practice Management Month here at the Harris County Law Library, and it’s time to highlight some of the resources that we have in our collection that might be useful to your current practice or to assist you in establishing a new solo practice. One of these resources is Solo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law - Without Getting a Job, 3rd Edition by Marc Garfinkle, Esq. According to Garfinkle, some basic questions that the new lawyer should address before hanging out his shingle include:
- How do I begin?
- What type of law do I want to practice?
- Do I want to focus on a particular specialty?
- Is the cooperative office arrangement for me?
- What equipment and furniture do I need?
The book also offers practical advice for creating a business plan, developing a “real” client base, and going to court. From Garfinkle’s "Practice Defensively: The Ten Commandments" to his thoughts about getting paid for your work, the author provides you with enough information to shed the fear and fly solo.