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Solo by Choice 2011-2012: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be (Career Resources for a Life in the Law) 2nd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0940675629
ISBN-10: 0940675625
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Review of 1st edition: "Solo by Choice is both practical and informative; a reliable guide whether you're considering opening up your own solo or small firm practice, or looking for ways to work smarter and more cost-effectively." --Trial Magazine

Review of 1st edition: "There are a thousand decisions and considerations to make in starting your own practice, but with 'Solo By Choice' you will be so far ahead of the curve that your chances of success are increased exponentially. It is a how-to of extraordinary depth and detail. And if I wasn't already a solo, I would become one after reading this book; it's that thorough, balanced and persuasive. I think 'Solo by Choice' is destined to be the bible for going solo." --Scott Greenfield, solo blogger

Review of 1st edition: "When I graduated from law school, we had Foonberg's 'How to Start & Build a Law Practice'. But Carolyn Elefant's Solo by Choice seems to be the guide for a new age. It's a detailed and inspirational road map for anybody who wants to succeed in the solo practice of law, and there does not seem to be a detail or consideration not covered. It's a must-read." --Chuck Newton, solo blogger

Review of 1st edition: "If you're even vaguely familiar with the legal blogosphere, you know about Carolyn Elefant, a Washington DC solo widely regarded as a leading spokesperson for, and authority on, solos and small-firm lawyer issues. Her book covers every aspect of sole practice, from making the gut-wrenching decision to hang your own shingle to meeting the financial and client-relations demands of a sole practice. There is not an ounce of fat in this book: it is lean, powerful, tightly written and economical. Carolyn tells you everything you need to know about life as a solo and not a word more, making it the rare text that is both comprehensive and readable: her blogging background is evident in the concise style. Solo by Choice is an outstanding guide to the practical realities of being a lawyer, absolutely essential for solo and small-firm lawyers and valuable for lawyers in mid-size or large firms too. Highly recommended." --Canadian Bar Association Magazine

Review of 1st edition: "Solo By Choice is a remarkable reference for two reasons: first, with all of the stress and complications of a solo practice, the book offers welcomed support. It says that going solo is an okay choice, and perhaps even a good choice. Second, it's a handbook that provides answers, reinforcing the things you know and providing a glimpse into some things you didn't know about practicing on your own and running a successful business. Carolyn Elefant's blog [MyShingle.com] has been a resource to my solo business for years, and her book seems to be an apex to the great advice she's gathered during that time. Put Solo by Choice on that bookshelf in your new office ... it certainly won't collect dust." --Scott Wolfe, solo

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Solo by Choice 2011-2012 is an outstanding guide to the practical realities of being a lawyer, absolutely essential for solo and small-firm lawyers and valuable for lawyers in mid-size or large firms too.
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Product Details

  • Series: Career Resources for a Life in the Law
  • Paperback: 305 pages
  • Publisher: Lawyer Avenue Pr; 2 edition (October 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940675625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940675629
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just started considering opening my own firm and going solo after quite a few years of medium firm private practice. I never though of solo practice as something I would ever want to do-- thinking it very daunting and more stressful than straight employment in a larger firm. However, after speaking with other colleagues who had made the transition, I grew more comfortable with the idea. But where to start? How to keep from forgetting something? I do not want to start only to fold a few years later as my expenses get away from me (a real possibility in this new economy). I didn't want to start haphazardly or spend money on something I really didn't need and forget to invest in something I did need. I want to be organized and in control right from the start as much as one can be with a new business. The other books lawyers and friends of mine swore by as being the "must have book" for anyone who wants to fly solo seemed dated or out of print. I wanted a "first read" book that was as current as it gets, that considers today's current economic climate as well as considers the growth of the internet, technology, virtual spaces, and social media as options and factors to consider. I can say that as a up to date primer, as the initial book you buy when you have no idea how to begin, THIS IS THE "FIRST READ" BOOK FOR ME.

The tasks ahead seemed huge-- this book put things in a more manageable perspective. As a person generally adverse to taking personal risks without ensuring as much financial security as possible (and who isn't in this economy?) this book provides an up to date, easy to read, topically organized outline of what you need to think of and plan for before you take the plunge.
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I put off buying a how-to book for a couple of months, thinking that I'd just figure stuff out on my own as I started up my solo practice. And while I didn't make any huge mistakes, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to do things on my own. I finally bought this on the recommendation of a friend from law school. I wish I would have bought this book sooner--it would have saved me a lot of time.

The book discusses most of what you'll need to know to set up your own law practice and get it running. It's incredibly practical, and it's very light on the flowery, excessive language I've seen in other how-to-run-a-law-practice books. And it's up-to-date on modern technology, ethics rules, etc.

I highly recommend this book, and I recommend you get it before you start setting up your law firm. It's a fantastic resource.
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Solo by Choice is an excellent how to guide for hanging your shingle. The author covers almost all the ground needed in just about the right depth. The book is detailed enough and has some personal perspectives that also help. I think there could be a bit more information on how to pick areas of practice and how to supplement your income while you develop the areas of practice that you pick.
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Although I read a number of how-to books before I set up my own law firm a couple of years ago, this is the only one that, until just recently, still sat on my desk. Elefant writes well. She is both inspirational and realistic. Because she seems to have an intuitive feel for precisely the type of questions that you will have, the book is comprehensive without overburdening you with information. In addition to the very practical advice (all of which has proven to be true), I used the book as a roadmap/checklist for all the things I needed to do.
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Highly recommend to any lawyer seeking to leave a steady job to venture out on their own after having experience. Even if you're partnering up, this is still a beneficial read that you will turn to multiple times after opening your firm. Good luck.
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If you are thinking about going solo, this is a must read book. It gives you a step by step process of what you need to do to get your practice off the ground. I highly recommend this book especially if you want to go solo but you're afraid of doing so.
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I started my solo law practice last year and wish I'd read this book first. Very up to date, helpful and easy to work through. I started with Foonberg's tome and although it too was helpful, Solo by Choice, was had more practical application for me and I appreciated the varied comments on topic by other lawyers.
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this book is filled with excellent information for anyone considering starting their own practice. I've written down many notes and I am working on starting my own law firms in a few months. Thanks to this book I feel confident.
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