Practicing law as a solo practitioner can be daunting. Yet, at a time when more new law school graduates than ever are complaining that they cannot find employment after graduation, “hanging a shingle” is the road not considered, much less taken, by many potential lawyers.
According to a 2017 ABA Journal article (“At least half of the lawyers in these nine states and jurisdictions aren’t working as lawyers”) 42.7% of California lawyers are not working as attorneys.
Imagine spending all that time and money (especially that money) and not even practicing in the field you studied? Sure there are pitfalls, and it is difficult enough dealing with judges and opposing counsel without also running a business and making payroll.
Still, sole practitioner is the choice many new law school grads should take for the following reasons.