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Best Bet for Finding A Legal Job After Law School: Bet On Yourself

April 6, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

Although employment prospects for new law grads are showing signs of life, overall post-graduation employment remains at a dismal  56 percent average rate for all law schools.  And while connections, solid skills and networking can improve the odds of finding a position , your best bet for finding a job after law school may just […]

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Three Reasons Why Other Solos Have the Potential To Be Your Great Friends

March 20, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

In the past, when I’ve worked at jobs, most of my friendships – to the extent that I formed them at all – never left the workplace. So this article, Lifehack  article, Ten Reasons Why Your Coworkers Have the Potential To Be Your Greatest Friends caught my eye, if only to enable me to belatedly […]

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Finding the Courage to Start

January 30, 2015 by Carolyn Elefant

The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start. —John Bingham In the dozen years I’ve blogged here, I’ve sung the praises of solo practice – the unexpected surprises, the enormous opportunity, and the satisfaction that flows from doing work that matters  or makes you feel alive or […]

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People Regret Not Working Harder – Not Working Too Hard

November 25, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

One of the most annoying memes dominating my Facebook feed lately is this one: Deathbed Regrets: The 5 Wishes of Most Dying People. I’m not bothered so much about the incessantly plauditory comments the meme invokes (so true! great reminder to reset my priorities!) or the fact that thoughts of death are closer to me […]

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Playing the Cards You’re Dealt

October 6, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s just say that 2014 hasn’t been a banner year for me. The trade association I co-founded nine years ago and helped grow to 55 members at its peak imploded. I lost a motion that I’ve never had denied- nor ever even seen denied in 25 years of practice – and  managed to pull out […]

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Are You the Perfect Lawyer for the Job?

July 24, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This isn’t a solo story per se, but one with some lessons – a reminder that the perfect lawyer for the job or the client isn’t always the one with the biggest firm or the stellar credentials of the fanciest offices. From what I can tell from her LinkedIn profile, Sarah Feingold  had positions typical […]

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Tips For Solo Lawyers, Courtesy of Our Freelance Cousins

May 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

In many respects, we solo and small firm lawyers have more in common with freelancers than the big firm attorneys who set the bar associations’ agendas. Frequently, when foraging for blog fodder, I find the advice, tips and trends covered at freelance or tech start-up sites are more compelling and relevant than what’s available at […]

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The Best Client Gifts Are Heartfelt

April 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Google the phrase lawyers and “client service,” and you’ll find hundreds of posts on the importance of great client service – not as a reminder that lawyers have an ethical obligation to serve clients well – but rather as a way to generate future referrals or avoid malpractice. Lawyers are advised to over promise and […]

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Solos Are the Future? Not News To Us But Good News Nonetheless

March 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ve long believed that solo and small firm practice is the best kept secret of the legal profession. For thirteen years, I’ve blogged about all of the benefits that solo and small firm practice has to offer, particularly in these transformative times.  Yet even as big law fell from grace, the legal profession continued to […]

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Making A Successful Solo Practice A Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

March 13, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Let’s say that you aced law school or spent a couple of years at the most prestigious firm in your state or the country or worked in-house at a Fortune 500 corporation.  If you have these credentials — and even if you don’t — but you’re itching to try your hand at starting your own […]

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