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Introduction to Law Firm Practice

Introduction to Law Firm Practice
Product Code: 5110703
About the Author: Michael Downey
Publication Date: June 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60442-824-7
Page Count: 280
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Sponsoring Entities: Law Practice Division
Topics: Career Development, General Practice, Law Practice Management, Management / Organizational Skills, Solos and Small Firms
Format: Book - 5110703
Pricing: $79.95 (Regular)
$47.95 (Law Practice Division) ABA Members, Log in now to receive this discount!
About Introduction to Law Firm Practice

Navigating your way through a law firm practice can be overwhelming, especially in larger firms. A firm is made up of equity and non-equity partners, senior attorneys, senior associates, "Of Counsel" designates, associates, and interns, in addition to the paralegals, managers, and support staff that all help make a law firm run effectively and efficiently. A new guide by the ABA Law Practice Management Section, Introduction to Law Firm Practice, is a systematic study of how lawyers practice law at private firms and will help you navigate your way through how a law firm operates.

In an easy-to-read format, this guide contains basic information on a law firm, such as "how do equity and non-equity partners differ" and who is "Of Counsel" to more advanced concepts, such as a discussion of the market for legal services and strategic alignment of a law firm. This guide discusses:

· the organizational structure and promotional tracks for the firms work

· how firms develop business and generate revenue

· lawyer compensation and the review process

· intake of client matter, including engagement letters, retainers, and conflict checking

· law firm profitability

· business development efforts for new clients, such as advertising, direct mail and email, in-person solicitation, preparing RFP/RFI responses, and more

· firm culture and demands on your time

· mentoring

· and much more!

Whether you're a law student interested in working in a law firm or a young lawyer who would like to gain a better understanding of how your law firm operates, this guide will provide you with the "ins" and "outs" you need to help you navigate your way through a law firm and excel in such a firm.
Praise for Introduction to Law Firm Practice

"At the risk of sounding overenthusiastic, I recommend Introduction to Law Firm Practice for pre-law programs and advisers, law school applicants, law firm recruiters, and all law firm attorneys. Nonfirm lawyers, judges, and others who sit across the courtroom or the negotiating table from firm attorneys may also want to read this book for a better understanding of a firm lawyer's point of view. All law school and law firm libraries will want to have the book available for patrons such as these."--Elizabeth A. Greenfield, Law Library Journal
Excerpts from Introduction to Law Firm Practice

Table of Contents PDF
Chapter 1 PDF
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