Just graduated law school with honors but don’t have a job lined up. I’m thinking about just going solo and starting my own firm after taking the bar in Sept. Finances are not a problem. Planning to practice IP transactions/prosecution/litigation. I have work exp/clerk/extern but no associate exp. This climate is crazy and I think I can grab a lot of smaller work myself through my own networks and be my own boss. Also currently grabbing an mba part time. Thoughts? Advice?

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Solo that early on wouldn’t be for me personally but I’ve seen it done. Make sure you find a good mentor. I suggest office sharing with a senior attorney. Find a good bookkeeper and you can ask questions about the business of running a firm, handling trust funds etc.

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Solo right out of school is dicey but hope it all works out for you! You'll be in good shape if youn have business to support you but without it may be very difficult esp. With networking opportunities so limited bc of covid

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I think you should talk with people who went solo right out of law school in 2008. Your school should be able to hook you up with them.

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Doing IP litigation as a solo seems very tricky unless you plan to represent trolls who just want to settle before or immediately after filing of the complaint. You cannot actually litigate a patent case alone. Prosecution is totally doable as a solo but most folks get some skills and experience learning from others before they go alone, and that also gives you client contacts. Transactional work that is big enough to justify an outside counsel may be too big for a client to want you to handle as a solo.

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I work in and around this area and cannot really imagine doing it successfully alone right out of law school (or now). If at all possible, you should try to get at least a few years at a big firm or boutique. Or maybe you can buy time by clerking first?

I just graduated as well and am starting my own firm. Obviously not currently offering legal services, but other IP related services, or legal services under tutelage of the client’s own lawyer. I was able to have multiple internships with IP law during school so I had connections to work with. I love the choice I made. I’m able to control my workload while studying for the bar and don’t need to worry about satisfying firm standards.

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