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

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 year or two and begin to build a reputation on someone else’s dime.

Of course, in today’s economy, my preferred employment-to-solo scenario simply isn’t feasible. And if that’s the case, I’ve always endorsed solo practice as a far preferable option to working as a paralegal or leaving the law entirely.

So how do new grads get a practice off the ground? Last week, Washington D.C. criminal defense attorney Jamison Kohler blogged about this topic extensively, offering solid advice on how new grads can find training, mentorship and plain old camaraderie to build a criminal defense practice (though it will take some time).

Coincidentally, just as Jamison was drafting his post, I was at a Tweet-Up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where I interviewed Anthony Bushnell as part of the MyShingle SoloCorps Project, who started his now five-year old criminal defense and civil litigation firm right out of law school. Though Bushnell initially intended to work for himself rather than sit around and wait for a job, turns out that by doing so, he wound up creating a job for himself:

SoloCorps Interview – Anthony Bushnell, Minneapolis Criminal Defense & Civil Litigation Solo from Carolyn Elefant

Did you go solo out of law school? Share your advice in the comment section below.