Starting a law firm is not a simple feat, starting it right from college is outright insane. With no legal practice experience at all and with a constrained budget you will be up for an uphill task. It is however doable, and this is how.
The truth is you will find people; your classmates, seasoned lawyers, family members who will call your bluff. You might be tempted to believe them and doubt yourself. Most of your peers are outright pessimists, and they want to take you down with them. The nay-sayers will always say no, and they would want you to believe that because they did not succeed you too will not. Follow your gut and what your instincts are telling you.
Attend a Legal Marketing Boot Camp
If you are fresh from law school, chances are most of what you know about the practice is in theory, and you will need to attend a boot camp where you can learn from seasoned and successful attorneys. Some companies, like The Rainmaker Retreat, know that these sort of boot camps will give you a perspective on what you should concentrate on and what to leave. The success of your practice will heavily depend on your ability to get clients and represent them successfully.
This is very important. Do not make a mistake of taking on everything that comes your way. Pick one or two areas that you can perfect and do it exclusively. The idea here is to perfect your art in one area of law. If you are a marriage and divorce attorney, then let that be your forte. Doing everything will make you everyone’s competitor. Specialize and pick battles with fewer firms.
Get a Management Course
Running a law firm is a business, and you will need all the necessary business management skills. Business management short courses take a maximum six months but will equip you with the necessary skills to run your business for a lifetime. The course will also equip you with skills on how to pitch your practice to potential clients. Also, remember you cannot have a practice alone so you will need to hire and manage paralegals.
Starting a law firm especially when you are fresh from college can be a little challenging. You will need to work twice as hard. These few tips, however, should help you to get started and manage your law firm. Finally, remember your clients are the lifeline of your business; you need to make the practice about them.
Author Info: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber.