Princeton Review just announced their top party schools for 2012. For enterprising lawyers, this list offers an opportunity to find a creative niche -- party school attorney.
One of the first pieces of advice any lawyer starting a solo practice will hear is to find a niche. It can be hard for a junior attorney to compete in established fields like estate planning or DUI law. But if you think outside the box, you can be successful in an area your competitors haven't thought of.
So what does a party school attorney practice?
You're only limited by your own imagination. A party school attorney can practice the obvious areas like drunk driving and public intoxication. In addition, the party school attorney can specialize in crimes frequently associated with alcohol such as assault and domestic violence. Finally, a party school attorney can specialize in an area unique to a particular school on the top party schools list.
The top party school on the Princeton Review list is West Virginia University. The school ranks #1 in beer, writes The Associated Press. However, the school is also well known for arson and fires set to celebrate everything from St. Patrick's Day to football victories.
So a party school attorney in Morgantown could specialize in arson and fire injuries and potentially develop a thriving practice with undergrads getting arrested each year for such crimes.
The top party schools consisted of:
- West Virginia University, Morgantown
- University of Iowa, Iowa City
- Ohio University, Athens
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- University of Georgia, Athens
- University of Florida, Gainesville
- University of California-Santa Barbara
- Florida State University, Tallahassee
- Miami University of Ohio, Oxford
- Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.
If you live in one of these top party schools and are looking for a creative niche, you may want to consider becoming a party school attorney. By looking at the unique characteristics of a school, you could find an interesting area to specialize in.
- Top party schools revealed: Would you let your child go to a party school? (The Boston Globe)
- 5 Hard Questions to Ask Before Starting a Solo Practice (FindLaw's Strategist)
- Picking Practice Areas When Starting a Firm Can be a Science (FindLaw's Strategist)