Solo Practitioner / Small Law 101

Solo Practitioner / Small Law 101

In this episode, Branden and Jelena cover all of your most pressing questions related to solo and small law.

Show notes

Do you want to be a lawyer, but also want to deal with compliance issues, own/rent your workspace, and maybe put your face on a bench or billboard (Better Call Saul style)?

If you answered yes to any one of these questions, solo practitioner life or small law might be for you! In this episode, Branden and Jelena cover all of your most pressing questions related to solo and small law.

Listen and learn . . .

  1. Do you have to work for someone else for a while before you open your own firm, or can you jump into solo practice right out of law school?
  2. How does making money as a lawyer work when you work for yourself?
  3. Can small firms perform as well for clients as big ones?
  4. How technology is changing small law practice?
  5. What areas of law (niches!) might you practice as a solo practitioner or in a small firm?
  6. Is it true that only people who couldn’t get a biglaw job go to small firms or hang a shingle?

Links and Further Resources from this Episode:

How Hard Is It to Make It As a Solo Practitioner

ABA 2019 Report on Small/Solo Firms & Technology

9 Thing to Know Before Going Solo

Solo Practitioner Myths, Busted

Solo Practitioners Struggled More in 2020

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous career in tech startups behind and began teaching. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic & its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student. Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change. In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers. When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.


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