Working as a solo practitioner has both pros and cons, just like any other attorney. Some of the pros include complete freedom over what cases they work on and making their own destiny. Some of the cons include a lower average salary compared to private practice attorneys and less support staff to help you in than you would have in private practice.
Solo practitioners enjoy various benefits that larger firm practitioners may lack, such as complete freedom over the cases they choose and the nature of their practice. That being said, there are some downsides to becoming a solo practitioner
, including reduced staffing and a lower average salary as compared to larger firm practitioners. All in all, you should weigh your options and consider becoming a solo practitioner if it is the right fit for you.
1. Why did you decide to become a solo practitioner?
I chose to start my own firm in order to have greater control over my law career trajectory. I've experienced working in both the major law firm and large corporate environments. They were great teaching arenas, but I felt like more of a tool than a person in these settings. The goals of the firm and the corporation were rarely in alignment with my personal, professional goals. I felt that I was being frequently evaluated by individuals who weren't committed to facilitating my professional development. I also disliked the politics inherent in those environments, not to mention the often negative attitudes about women, minorities and older workers.
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