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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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The Unexpected Surprise of Starting A Law Firm

March 4, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

Starting a law firm is nothing if not an adventure always full of surprises. Here are some of the things that surprised me about starting a firm. You will always be terrified. For as long as you are in practice, you’ll always fret that one day the phone will stop ringing, that business will dry […]

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A Post Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, Menurkeys and Solos

November 27, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Behold the Menurkey. Part Menorah, part Turkey, the Menurkey commemorates the intersection of Thanksgiving and Hanukah, two holidays that celebrate the triumph of religious freedom over oppression; of small outliers over large dynasties.  In many ways, both holidays represent the story of solos. Although age-old holidays inspired the Menurky, it came to life in decidedly 21st […]

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Part of Starting A Law Firm Is Changing “It Won’t” to “It Didn’t”

September 4, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

We’re our own worst enemy when it comes to starting a law firm. Alhough naysayers abound, frequently your worst enemy is you. Because I blog about starting a law firm and have done it myself in my respective practice area, not surprisingly, I’m asked for advice on getting started.  Yet more often than not, every […]

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Huma’s Skyscrapers

July 12, 2013 by Carolyn Elefant

Huma Rashid doesn’t write here anymore because she’s too busy practicing as a criminal defense attorney for a small firm in Chicago. But that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t read her blog about what she’s doing now, especially this fresh post, Isn’t It Funny How Your Dreams Come True?.  Huma has a great career today, […]

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