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Starting Your Solo Practice as a 3L

July 7, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which was scheduled to run between June 17 and July 3, 2014 and was extended one more day to include some additional guest posts.  This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Liz Araguás If you are a law student considering going solo after graduation, […]

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Solo is the New Black: How Helping Solo Attorneys Helps the Legal Profession

July 1, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Adam Sherwin Quick: what are the two biggest challenges facing the legal profession today?  Answers will vary, but I am going to guess that many would agree […]

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5 Tips From a Young, Solo Attorney:

June 27, 2014 by Carolyn Elefant

This post is part of the MyShingle Solos summer series which will run between June 17 and July 3, 2014.   This post is written by MyShingle Guest Blogger Caroline Barnes I know first hand that starting your own practice right out of law school can seem daunting. You will face many people telling you that […]

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Is $160,000 For A Solo Out of Law School Realistic or Rare?

June 24, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

This past week, this refreshingly upbeat MSNBC piece, Law Grads Going Solo and Loving It (BTW, congrats to my fellow blogging colleagues, Susan Cartier-Liebel at Solo Practice University and Aaron Street at Lawyerist for the mainstream mention) has been receiving tons of buzz in the form of tweets and social media pass-arounds but very little […]

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Are Solos in Debt At Disciplinary Risk?

January 18, 2011 by Carolyn Elefant

Last week, Above the Law’s Elie Mystal posted about a frighteningly out-of-touch Ohio Supreme Court decision which held that a recent law school graduate lacked the character, fitness and moral qualifications to take the bar exam. Was the applicant a killer, drug addict or wife-beater? Nope. Just a 34-year old dad and former self-supporting stockbroker […]

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Solo Incubator Launches At UMKC

November 2, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

Back in June, I had the privilege of speaking at the Missouri Bar’s excellent Solo and Small Firm Conference.  In addition to the practicing lawyers in attendance – many who were eight or ten time repeat attendees, the event was also populated by a swarm of yellow-shirted students, who as it turned out, were participating […]

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The Defense for Starting A Criminal Law Practice Out of Law School

August 13, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

I’ll admit that I’ve always had mixed feelings on the question of whether to solo straight out of law school. As I explained in this early post, from my perspective, it made sense for new grads with no work history and with significant student loan debt to take a paying job if only for a […]

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Lindsay Lohan: Dream or Nightmare Client for Newbie Solo?

July 9, 2010 by Carolyn Elefant

So here’s a practice management issue that law school doesn’t teach: You’re a newbie solo who passed the bar nine months ago and opened a law firm right afterwards.  Suddenly, the phone rings:  it’s a Hollywood superstar on the line, she’s  looking for a criminal defense lawyer to represent her and she’s picked you!  Trouble […]

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Newbie Solos and the Importance of Being Nerdy

June 11, 2009 by Carolyn Elefant

Over at Legal Blogwatch, I posted about how shingler Kiwi Camara of Camara Sibley, not yet 25 years old and just five years out of law school is giving the RIAA a run for its money in the high profile copyright infringement re-trial of Jammie Thomas.  Thomas’ first lawyer, Brian Toder won a new trial […]

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If I solo out of school, do I pick the cheaper law school?

January 28, 2007 by Carolyn Elefant

Q:  I’m only applying to law school now, but I am hoping to open up my own general practice as soon as I graduate.  Here is my situation:  I am fairly sure that I will be admitted to a law school in the city where I am intent on living and opening my firm (School […]

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