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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 went on my own because I wanted to be my own boss. I was working in a law firm and just decided it was time to leave and start my own practice.
2. What is the best part of being a solo practitioner?
You are your own boss.
3. What is the worst part of being a solo practitioner?
It is unknown as to what your future holds. It's a scary thought, there are thousands of attorneys out there, and my biggest question I ask myself, is why would they hire me?
4. What advice would you give to others looking to become a solo practitioner?
Don't be afraid of the future. You will never know till you try. Remember, there are thousands of attorneys out there. How are you going to be different from everyone else? Why should the client hire you?
5. What is a typical day like for you as a solo practitioner?
Court every morning until about 11:00 or so, then lunch, then work on briefs, prepare motions, have suppression hearings, getting ready for the following day etc.
6. Is there anything else that is important to know about you and your practice, or that you would like to add?
You need to love your job and it will show in how you deal with your clients. Remember the cardinal rule! You are there for your client. You are not there to look pretty to other attorneys. I see this a lot in younger attorneys so afraid to make a mistake or say something they think others will laugh at.