Setting Up a Law Office

Setting Up a Law Office

Are you hanging out your shingle for the first time and need a little guidance?  If so, you have come to the right place.  This page will provide you links to useful resources to help guide you on the your path.   

LSBA's Lending Library:
The LSBA's Lending Library has the following titles for borrowing on setting out your shingle; these titles are among hundreds of other titles which are useful to the management of a law office and career (see the Lending Library webpage to borrow any of these titles):

#177 Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (4th Ed. 2005), K. William Gibson, Ed.

#227 Flying Solo: A Survival Guide for the Solo and Small Firm Lawyer (5th Ed. 2014), K. William Gibson, Ed. 

#176 Growing Your Law Practice in Tough Times (2010), Edward Poll, J.D., M.B.A., CMC 

#115 How Good Lawyers Survive Bad Times (2009), Sharon D. Nelson, James A. Calloway, and Ross L. Kodner

#231 How to Achieve Success After the Bar Exam: A Step by Step Action Plan (2014), Joan Bullock 

#60 How to Build and Manage a Family Law Practice (2006), Mark A. Chinn

#191 How to Build and Manage a Personal Injury Practice (3d Ed.), William Gibson

#66 How to Get and Keep Good Clients (3rd Ed. 2007), Jay G. Foonberg  

#13 How to Start and Build A Law Practice (5th Ed. 2004), Jay G. Foonberg  

#153 How to Turn Clicks into Clients - The Ultimate Law Firm Guide for Getting More Clients Through the Internet (2011), Ed Rush, Jabez LeBret and Mark Homer 

#193 Internet Branding for Lawyers: Building the Client-Centered Website (2012), Jeff Lantz

#128 Introduction To Law Firm Practice (2010), Michael Downey  

#140 Law & Reorder: Legal Industry Solutions for Restructure, Retention, Promotion & Work/Life Balance (2010), Deborah Epstein Henry 

#131 Law Office Policy and Procedures Manual (Revised and Updated Sixth Ed. 2011), Howard L. Hatoff and Robert C. Wert 

#15 Law Office Procedures Manual for Solos & Small Firms (3rd Ed. 2005), Demetrios Dimitriou  

#173 Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer's Guide to a Profitable Practice (2010), Ann M. Guinn 

#26 Results-Oriented Financial Management (2nd Ed. 2003), John G. Lezzi  

#130 Virtual Law Practice: How to Deliver Legal Services Online (2010), Stephanie L. Kimbro

Other Resources:   

The Alabama State Bar Association's Checklist for Setting up a New Law Office would be a good place to start.

The Florida Bar Asssociation has an excellent resource page which includes a start-up checklist, a sample business plan, solo and small firm resources, administrative forms, entity and initial setup considerations, office management, technology, and many other topics.  

The North Carolina Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division created How to Open a Small Law Firm, an 18 page manual with factors to consider when opening your office.  

The South Carolina Bar Association offers its webpage "Starting a New Law Practice" which is also an excellent resource insofar as creating your business plans and budget, deciding your choice of business entity and name, finding the right office, office sharing, office systems, supplies, technology, and marketing.   

The Texas State Bar Association's Start Up Kit for a Small Law Practice is a 117 page comprehensive manual is a useful resource. 

The Utah State Bar Association posted one of its member's report on setting up a virtual law practice.

The American Bar Association offers a number of resources as well:

Essential of Office sharing and Executive Suites in the ABA's Law Practice Today (May 2009) by Mark Robertson

How Much Money Do You Need to Start a New Firm in the ABA's Law Practice Today (May 2009) by Eric Mazzone

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