Career Paths: Solo Practice

Each year, a few UA graduates (typical of numbers of graduates of similar law schools) decide to enter sole practice either entirely on their own or by entering into an office sharing agreement with an experienced attorney, who can usually subcontract extra work and teach them the fundamentals of the practice, such as how to file briefs or record real estate sales.  Sometimes an office sharing arrangement provides access to group benefits, as well. 

 A few years after graduation, many more attorneys have taken this route and report doing well.  The ability to choose clients and cases and take total responsibility for practice decisions and client counseling attracts many experienced lawyers who are less team oriented and structured and more entrepreneurial.  The financial risk is greater and potentially more rewarding.  Overall, over 40% of all attorneys in private practice are sole practitioners.