The first big decision for new attorneys is to decide on which path to take. There are several paths that a law graduate can take. An attorney would decide on what field to take. He can be a civil rights attorney, a criminal defence attorney, a military lawyer, personal injury lawyer, a paralegal or any of the other different fields. This would serve as the ground where they would build their careers as attorneys.
Many fresh graduates of law are being told that in the status of today’s market, those who seek for jobs don’t have the right to be choosy. Yes, many attorneys in our day succeed because of their innate abilities and skills. Some say it is because they build partnerships or join firms, other say that they earned through their own efforts. And because of this, aspiring attorneys are torn as to what ideal step to take.
- Work on Firms
Pros: First option that an attorney could take is to make a partnership or join a firm. By doing this, they can indulge on various works or cases with aid from their co-lawyers. Also, work schedules would be divided into several members of the firm, a new attorney wouldn’t be burnt out that easily. They can also be guided by seniors or a very experienced member of the firm. Also, clients would not be a problem since they will be the one to come to your firm especially if you belong to a very dependable and well-known firm.
Cons: As time passes, he may encounter the negative effects of being in a law firm. It will start from competition of several attorneys on issues and cases. This would not be very helpful for growth and learning for newly grad lawyers. You can also not remove the fact that there may be attorneys who can’t get along well because of their personality. That would be awkward and unhealthy for the practice. A gap in credentials and growth in the practice could also not be avoided. If an attorney is not as good as the other, he or she might experience anxiety and envy that would normally be a trouble.
- Solo Practice
Pros: The second option is to practice law on your own. This goes for both newbies and experienced attorneys. Many of them won’t take chances, but those who are confident on their abilities do risk and succeed as solo players. Some choose to work on solo because they could manage their own time and even stay in a comfortable office that they would pick. They can also work more on their ideas without other people telling them or bothering them just to make a point. This makes them more efficient. Attorneys who practice on their own sometimes come from law firm but, they decide to take on their own road to build a good reputation only for themselves.
Cons: Even though working solo gives personal advantages, it may fail if one is not equipped with proper knowledge and experience on the cases they would be taking. Ideas would be limited to that solo attorney only and will never be well evaluated by another person. That would be bad for anyone’s reputation if he/she fails to deliver. When the client’s increase and the attorney’s time could not take all in anymore, this will also be a fail.
Going solo as an attorney can be self-fulfilling but at the same time tiring and could hinder possible improvements. Being in a firm might not bring popularity in the field, but learning could be achieved. Only an attorney’s way to decide on this is to weigh his/her capabilities and potentials.