“Solo by Choice” Part 1 focuses on giving those considering going solo a lot of things to consider to help with that decision. This includes many things from testimonials from attorneys who decided to go solo as well as considerations of the financial and personality aspects that might affect one’s decision. Finally, the section ends with my favorite, a piece devoted to the question of whether it is a good idea to solo after law school.
Like anything else in life, everyone is different and has different considerations and living arrangements. The new graduate who is able to trim expenses living with his parents may have an easier time surviving the first few months than the graduate who is forced to work a part time job to pay the rent who might find it overwhelming to try and build his own practice at the same time.
Because “Solo by Choice” is written to cover as many different situations as possible, inevitably you will encounter one or two areas where what you are reading doesn’t apply to you. This doesn’t make the book any less worthwhile. I found that reading about the paths taken by attorneys who worked at big firms first helped remind me that even if you are fortunate enough to get that job after passing the bar, it is not always permanent.
If you are feeling on the fence about going solo, this section and the rest of the book are likely to help you make up your mind. In my own case, reading about the many attorneys who went before me helped me to gain confidence in my ability to dive in and build my own practice. There are of course many blogs out there that I found useful to my decision to go solo.
Solo Practice University has a blog that provides insights from a number of solo attorneys on their journey. Additionally, Susan Cartier Liebel (founder of Solo Practice University)’s blog that she maintained before starting Solo Practice University contains many useful considerations and similar guidance.