With all of the attention on law firm layoffs and the reduced number of jobs for recent law graduates, many new attorneys may be considering setting up a solo practice. After spending 3+ years in law school, new grads still may not feel prepared for the equally important business aspects of running a law practice.
Attorney, author, legal business consultant and LexisHub contributor Ed Poll has provided many valuable posts on topics essential for new attorneys, including these recent posts:
How You Can Turn a Prospect into a Client
Business Development Skills for Lawyers
How to Learn what Law School Didn't Teach You
The rigors of law school and the bar exam are just the first steps a new attorney must conquer along the way to becoming a successful lawyer. Attorneys choosing solo or small firm practice must also possess significant business acumen---and those skills are not typically taught in law school. Attorneys in solo practice need to learn efficient practice management skills from building a client base, collecting fees and managing staff to handling the firm's finances. These are just a few of the skills discussed in attorney Poll's newest training guide, the 3-Dimensional Lawyer, a blueprint for managing the challenges and rewards of a successful law practice.