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Make 2008 The Year You Start Your Law Firm

As another year draws to a close, do you find yourself thinking about hanging out your own shingle? Perhaps the thought occurred to you the other night while you were polishing up a brief, wishing that you -- not the partner who isn't at all familiar with the case -- were going to argue it.

Or maybe after a year of working the temp circuit, using your Ivy League law degree to perform paralegal work, it occurred to you that you couldn't be any worse off if you started your own practice.

So what's holding you back?


I wrote these words three years ago in this article, Make 2005 the Year You Start Your Own Law Firm. But my advice still rings true today. Take a look and see if I've convinced you to make this year the one that you start your firm.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 27, 2007 at 08:57 PM in MyShingle Solo | Permalink

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Posted by: Frumpfawunurn | Apr 6, 2009 2:32:17 PM

I have read your blog faithfully for almost a year and six months ago, I sent you an e-mail asking if I was crazy to go out on my own right out of law school. Not only, did my age, desire to see my family and prior experience made me unbankable with large firms, I couldn't see myself taking orders from someone who I could have babysat as a teenager. You let me know that it was not crazy and so did some of your other commenters. Therefore, I am proud to announce that I will be part of a three-person law firm opening next week. We are all brand-new attorneys, but enthusiastic and excited about striking out on our own. Each of us brings one existing client and I am know more will soon come. Thanks again for your encouragement and words of advice. Look out world, here I come!

Ann Gamboe Hall
Pathfinder Legal Services, PLC, Owosso, MI

Posted by: Ann | Jan 13, 2008 10:28:58 AM

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