Launching a Successful 21st Century Law Practice

You Future in Law Is Here Now! Here's how to get started with your own law firm.
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9,818 students
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To empower lawyers to recognize the opportunities in starting a law practice
To educate lawyers on the 6 key features of a 21st century law practice
To respond to FAQs on decisions related to starting a law firm


  • All that is needed for this course is a laptop or tablet to view the content


This class presents an overview of the opportunities presented by starting a 21st Century Law practice as well as a detailed nuts and bolts guide on how to get started. The class is comprised of 6 modules ranging from 15-35 minutes each, which cover (1) the socio-economic context for starting a firm and changes in the legal profession; (2) the 6 characteristics of a 21st Century practice; (3) FAQs on where to locate, how to find clients and whether to generalize or specialize; (4) Rules and Tools for getting started (including elements of a successful website and free tools) and (5) Setting and Getting Fees. This class is directed at existing law students, new grads, displaced lawyers and others considering starting a firm but who have been deterred by law school and peers. It is also intended for free use by law schools who want to present the concept of starting a practice to students.

Who this course is for:

  • new graduates
  • any lawyer who's dreamed of starting a firm
  • lawyers reentering the practice of law
  • law school career placement personnel unfamiliar with the solo option
  • lawyers looking to revamp or modernize their existing practices

Course content

1 section8 lectures3h 20m total length
  • Starting a 21st Century Practice: Overview of Today's Clients & Business World
  • 6 Characteristics of a 21st Century Law Practice
  • FAQs for Launching: How to Find Clients & Learn Substantive Skills
  • FAQs for Launch, Part II: Decisions, Decisions
  • Rules & Tools To Get Started
  • Setting & Getting Fees
  • Checklist for Starting A Law Firm
    4 pages
  • Cold Calls for Lawyers


Lawyer, Blogger, Author & Early Adopter
Carolyn Elefant
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
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  • 9,818 Students
  • 1 Course

Carolyn Elefant is a lawyer in Washington D.C. with an energy regulatory practice and also a national author and speaker on solo and small firm law practice. In December 2002, Carolyn launched the blog, - the longest running and most comprehensive blog on solo and small firm practice. Carolyn is also author of Solo by Choice: How to Be the Lawyer You Always Wanted to Be and co-author, with Nicole Black of Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier. Carolyn has advised hundreds of law school graduates and practicing lawyers on starting and growing a successful law practice. Above all, Carolyn is on a mission to ensure that in these changing times, solo and small firm practice remains a sustainable and viable career path for lawyers.