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'Woodstock for Lawyers' Helps Change Direction of Legal Careers

By Jason Beahm on November 02, 2010 6:47 AM

How is your law practice doing? Are you getting enough clients? Are you growing? Are you optimistic about the future?

If you are feeling like you need a new direction, perhaps now is a good time to consider shifting your focus -- as there are plenty of alternative legal careers. For example, O. Max Gardner III, 65, runs an attorney boot camp at his farm in North Carolina where attorneys can learn, network and become part of an informal fraternity of attorneys practicing foreclosure law. To top it all off, Gardner's wife cooks meals, attendees sleep in on-site bunks and can help themselves to unlimited wine, beer and single malt Scotch while learning the ins and outs of a new practice.

The legal boot camp, also known as "Woodstock for Lawyers," teaches groups of about a dozen how to shift legal careers into foreclosure law. Over the course of four days, attorneys learn how they can protect their clients' assets due to the mistakes made by the creditors. The boot camp shows attorneys how they can stave off lenders due to the mistakes they made in the foreclosure process. The program includes 3,000 pages of materials and participants get access to a private e-mail distribution list that allows them to share tips and tricks with other attorneys. The boot camp costs a cool $7,775.

I have no affiliation or direct experience with Gardner and so I cannot say whether or not the boot camp is worth it. But several attorneys interviewed regarding Gardner's program gave glowing reviews: "My time with Max changed the trajectory of my legal career ... Knowledge is power, and one thing he is able to give in his boot camp is a tremendous amount of knowledge about how the other side operates." said Nick Wooten, a 40-year-old attorney from Alabama. Wooten shifted from personal injury to a practice focusing on bankruptcy and foreclosure after attending Gardner's boot camp, Bloomberg reports.

If your practice is struggling or you are looking for a new direction, there are other alternate routes out there, and programs like "Woodstock for Lawyers" is something worth considering.

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