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Tips for Getting Your First Clients in the Door as a Solo Lawyer

If you're thinking about establishing a solo practice as a young attorney, be prepared to face a number of challenges early on. The most practical issue is this: how to find your first clients?

To help you get started, we've compiled a few pointers:

Starting a Law Firm? You'll Need About $10,000

Starting a law firm can be surprisingly simple -- the main costs are really your license and insurance.

Fundamentally, a law firm is just you (the licensed attorney), a computer, a printer and a law library. The good news is that you already (presumably) have your license and have paid your dues; and you already have a computer and a printer. All you need is access to a law library. That too isn't too bad as most major cities are equipped with one of these. Believe it or not, you're already halfway there.

How to Find Job Security as a Solo Attorney

If you recently passed the bar exam, congratulations. Now welcome to the world of licensed-and-unemployed.

There isn't exactly blood out in the streets, but the numbers of attorneys out there without work is startling. Some new lawyers are hanging up their own shingles. But that market is hurting too. We can call it the natural ebb-and-flow of legal services demand, but those with faint hearts are looking for something more consistent. What's something you can do to survive? Go niche.

How to Start a Solo Law Practice: 5 Tips to Get Started

Many attorneys have successfully hung their own shingle, but it can be daunting to do this on your own. Part of the appeal of BigLaw is that someone else will make the big decisions for you. But this also means micromanagement and other crimes against your independent nature. Here are a few tips to remember as you begin your own solo practice.

Who's Training the New Generation of Lawyers?

Bar Leader, an extension of the ABA, conducted a survey on millennial and Generation Y lawyers. It found that 75 percent of Generation Y lawyers felt that their law school failed to provide them with much practical training or information on how to actually practice law.

Of those numbers, 66 percent of those even had significant clinical experience while in school -- and they still felt like they were under-prepared. Some noted that law professors were fully aware of the situation and did little to prepare the students. So, who is training the next generation of lawyers?

Lying Down Helps You Focus, Says Sonoma's Altwork Inc.

According to some designers out of California, lying down helps you focus on your work and they've have built a work station based on that very concept. In 2016, we'll be able to try it out.

The Altwork Station is one of the latest additions to the ergonomic "be-comfortable-while-you-work" craze. And at the current pre-order price of $3,900 per unit, it's a steal for a chance to own your very own transformer.

Writing Advice From the Solicitor General's Style Guide

If you're one of those "good enough" legal practitioners, this piece will make you squirm in your seat. Lawyers must be a dry bunch overall, however, because the The Solicitor General's Style Guide: Second Ed. just took Amazon's #1 new release in legal writing.

This admittedly handy little tool will serve dual functions. Not only is it a helpful desktop reference for practitioners who want their writing to appear its best and to conform to accepted conventions, it also serves as a great nerding-out joke piece for lawyers who get inside jokes.

7 Tips for Your Online Lawyer Bio

First impressions are important. If you want to make a great first impression on prospective clients, it's crucial to have a great lawyer bio. Whether it's the bio on your website, your LinkedIn page, or some other online destination, you should keep it up-to-date, reader-friendly, and appropriately detailed. 

Want your bio to stand out? Follow these 7 tips: 

Where to List Your Law Firm Online

Ah, the Yellow Pages. Even millennials might remember this vaguely comforting tome of a book. Did you know that the Yellow Pages continues to live on in the world of online directories?

Although it sounds crazy, law firms might want to consider updating their listings in the Yellow Pages online directory. Even though people tend to default to Google or Bing these days, online business directories are relevant to the health of your firm.

5 Steps to Take Before Selling Your Solo Practice

If you've had a good run with your solo law practice and you've decided the time has come to leave, you have a number of choices.

One: Close out your files, don't take on new clients, and hang a sign that declares "Out of Business." Two: You could sell your business to another competent attorney who will carry on the practice.