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Make It Your Own Law Firm: The Ultimate Law Student's Guide to Owning, Managing, and Marketing Your Own Successful Law Firm Paperback – January 14, 2011
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Every law student and recent graduate should get this book. It offers much needed guidance to attorneys just starting out or struggling and in need of a refreshing new direction. His advice is worth following.
--Ken Hardison, Esquire CEO PILMMA
I wish I had had a copy of this book when I first stated practicing law. It gives a logical step-by-step approach without any candy coating. --Morris Dees-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center
I can't tell you what a valuable tool this book will be to recent graduates and experienced attorneys looking to open their own shops, especially in today's legal marketplace. --Marcelyn R. Cox, Assistant Dean University of Miami School of Law
Spencer has such passion for this subject, having taught extensively about it and lectured on it at multiple law schools. --Leonard P. Strickman, Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus Florida International University College of Law
I think this book can bring hope to many a young lawyer and even an old one or two who struggle for their freedom. Too many of us are slaves to wages, or unhappy partnerships. To own oneself is the greatest wealth a person can have. --Gerry Spence
From the Author
This book is for everyone who ever dreamed of being a lawyer and possesses the passion to represent those who cannot speak for themselves. It is especially intended to offer a path to aspiring lawyers who sacrificed so much and worked so hard to attend and then graduate from law school, passing the Bar only to find no viable opportunity to practice law.
It is my sincere hope that no other law school graduate will ever be faced with the prospect of abandoning their destiny simply because of not having a job offer or accepting a position that they hate because thy have no other choice. I hope that this book creates more opportunities for passionate lawyers to start their own law firms, resulting in greater access to legal representation to those member of our community in need.
Top Customer Reviews
OK, the easiest way to start this is to say what this book is and isn't. It IS a personal story of one man's transition from hopeful, but naive, law student to a self-sufficient, and apparently successful (though that part is not actually very clear), self-employed attorney. It is a book that focuses on the reasons for starting your own firm as well as examining some of the pitfalls many lawyers might fall into. It is a moral tale ("this is the right way, that is the wrong way"). It is an inspirational book.
Now for the bad part, it is NOT a practical guide for the actual do's and don'ts of starting your own law firm, which is the only reason I bought the book.
Look, if you are deciding whether or not you want to go out on your own, this book could be useful. If you are seriously wondering whether or not you should take immoral cases, treat clients poorly or have sex with your staff, this is definitely your book. If, however, you feel pretty confident on those issues (please tell me you do) and instead want a real business perspective on the practical obstacles of starting your own law firm, you're going to want to look somewhere else.
Almost none of my questions were answered. Is it worth incorporating my firm at the beginning? What kind of insurance coverage should I look to buy? What areas of law are the easiest to break into? Are there downsides to just taking whatever walks in the door? How should I build my practice if I know exactly what I want to do?Read more ›
His advice on marketing your firm is to read the E-Myth. Well, if I wanted to read the E-Myth as to how to market, I would have bought the E-Myth.
Another piece of advice is to buy the book "How to Start Your Own Law Practice." Isn't that what your book is supposed to do?
Want to know how to open your trust account? He suggests going to the bank and reading the local rules. What insight! I would have never guessed I needed a bank to open a trust account.
The book is little more than an autobiographical blog and not worth the price paid or reading if you are thinking of opening a firm. I wish there was a way to get my money back. Live and learn.
The author basically wrote about his own experience which makes the book interesting and easy to read. (I read it in 3 nights after work). But he does so without appearing to toot his own horn or sound self-serving. He talks about the things he did wrong in an effort to help the reader avoid those mistakes. He was intimate in sharing some of his embarrassing moments which will be very helpful to readers. He also recommended some other books to read which I think will be more helpful for my situation.
The author was very realistic in what to expect if you are thinking about starting your own firm straight out of law school. It is obvious he loves being an attorney and he keeps all aspect of business ownership real. This book will keep a law student or young lawyer grounded in reality about the practice of law and owning a business. If you have years of work experience under your belt, know the basics of what it will take to run your business, but need more indepth 'how to' information, then this book may not be on point with what you need to know.
On the plus side, the author's writing style keeps the reader engaged, but the content is a bit thin. To clarify, I liked this book for what it actually is--an autobiography... However, as a guide to opening your own law firm (let alone straight out of law school), this book falls short and doesn't live up to its potential.
For instance, the author states that he hopes readers will be able to learn from his own mistakes. However, he intentionally omits the details (supposedly not to bore his readers) of the most important mistake of his career--one that nearly cost him his entire law firm. Rather than glossing over the facts and simply describing how stressful the ordeal was, he SHOULD HAVE explained what he did wrong, why he made the mistake, and how others can avoid making similar mistakes.
Still, with some tweaking and a willingness to disclose some potentially embarrassing details, this book could become a must-read for anyone thinking about going solo. Until then, consider this a quick, but interesting read about a guy who launched his own law firm in Florida--that just happens to offer some superficial insight into opening and running a practice.
I give this book 4 stars, because I enjoyed reading it. Nevertheless, it's really a 3-star book if you're actually looking for information about starting your own law firm.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the book to be highly inspirational and well worth the read. I never imagined or anticipated the book would provide me with comprehensive "how-to" guide on how to... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lorenzo Carra Stoller
This is by far the informative solo practitioner book out there. Spend the extra money for a book that will actually have foundational advice.Published 15 months ago by MorganMom
Great book. Very useful information. If you are looking to start a law practice, you need to read this book.Published 17 months ago by Alex Barthet
As an attorney just starting my own law practice, this book is incredible and gave me so much awesome information. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Michael Magee
I couldn't even finish the book. It was entirely too vague. I'm still looking for that book that will help me plan out the creation of my own firm. This one is not itPublished 21 months ago by Anthony Thompson
My name is Karel Suarez. I just finished my first year of Law School at St Thomas, and I am transferring to FIU for my second year. I met Mr. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Karel Suarez
I will update this more, but this has some things I wish I knew about 3 years ago. Worth a read.Published on January 18, 2014 by N. Joshua Dart
Some great incites on solo practice! Recommend to any law student looking to get started on their own. Includes many great tipsPublished on January 15, 2014 by MARK K LAVERDIERE