This limited enrollment course is designed to engage students with the practical, management, and ethical issues faced by attorneys in private practice. Although open to all students, the course is likely to be particularly useful for students who are thinking about opening their own practices or starting a small law firm. Topics to be covered include: planning for a low overhead; financing your own start up; ethical dilemmas for solo practitioners; marketing your practice on a shoe string; effective networking techniques; client development and relations; the impact of the Internet; billing, setting and collecting fees; law firm management systems; opportunities for public interest work; office and personnel management; accounting for solo and small firm lawyers; IOLTA compliance and maintenance of trust accounts; bar relations and civility; electronic case management and time keeping systems; access to mentoring services; and business plans. Attendance and class participation are an important part of the grade. Students will be asked to prepare forms, a marketing plan for a solo or small firm law office, and in lieu of a final examination, each student will be required to prepare a detailed business plan for a solo or small firm law practice building on the marketing plan.
|587G (CRN: 23152) Credits: 2|
Spring, 2016 (Evening).