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In 2014, 1,598 people passed the Massachusetts Bar exam. Many of them went to established firms, governmental agencies, or decided not to enter the legal field at all. However, some graduates choose to open their own practice. Once the decision to strike out on one’s own is made, the practicalities must be addressed. How do you open a law firm? What must you have in place before you get the first client? And how do you get the first client?

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, or MCLE, has many books on this subject that will help the new graduate as well as the seasoned attorney. The latest publication, Masterminding the business and financial profile of your practice, examines the starting and managing of a practice as well as marketing the firm.  MCLE also runs a two day workshop each year and publishes a book, Hanging your shingle, on the different topics covered during the workshop. In the 2014 edition, they cover location and leasing issues, insurance issues, and other pertinent issues.

Opening a law office is just the beginning. Once open, you have to build your practice.  Limited Assistance Representation, or LAR, is one way to increase the foot traffic. The Probate Court, District and BMC Court, Land Court, and Housing Court all allow LAR. Information on limited assistance representation and steps needed to become a certified LAR attorney can be found here, and for more information, check out the MCLE publication, Building your practice with Limited Assistance Representation (LAR).

To borrow any of the above titles or to see any other titles on building or managing a law office, visit your local Trial Court Law Library.

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