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Lessons Learned in Operating a Solo Law Practice

ALI alumni attorneys

“Since venturing into the solo practitioner world with ALI, the most important thing I have learned is that most seasoned attorneys actually enjoy being a resource for less experienced attorneys,” says Julie O. Wolff ‘07.

That is just one of the insights that Matthew Lab, Director of the Access to Law Initiative (ALI) at California Western School of Law, shares about operating a solo practice in a recent op-ed published by the San Diego Bar Association.

For most attorneys, the thought of opening a solo practice is exciting, liberating, and terrifying at the same time, writes Lab. Since its inception in 2012, and as the first attorney incubator on the West Coast, ALI has provided support, tools, and training to empower entrepreneurial and public service-minded attorneys to launch and develop their own law practices, continues Lab.

The op-ed reveals thoughts from attorneys on extending courtesy, keeping up with invoicing, networking and more.

When you are a solo attorney, you should aspire to become a walking (ethical) advertisement,” shares Clark Ovruchesky ‘11. “Aside from going to networking events, make sure everyone you know and meet knows you are an attorney.”

ALI also encourages its attorneys to include “make-a-difference-law” as a component of their law practices through the provision of pro bono and “low bono” legal services to modest means clients, writes Lab.

Read Matthew Lab’s full article here: