By Kevin O'Keefe

Authority advises social networking and blogging for starting solo law practice

Carolyn Elefant, author and leading authority on solo law practice, recently advised a current federal court clerk to turn down a $50,000 large law bonus and follow their dream of starting their own law practice.

And among some other great law practice management tips, here’s Carolyn’s advise on marketing.

Get yourself registered or claim your profile at sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Avvo and other networking sites and start educating yourself on blogs and websites so that you can get one up and running when you open for business (as an aside, while you’re still clerking, I would refrain from blogging unless you clear it with your judge).  And while you’re at it, take yourself over to a Sears or JC Penney and for $60, get a professional looking digital photo that you can start uploading to these sites and use at your website. 

Carolyn’s advise to turn down the 50k was of course unique to this lawyer’s situation. But I found it telling that Carolyn, who pours her heart out to help lawyers looking to hang out their shingle, advised social networking for bringing in new work.

I’ve been following recent discussion on a small law firm marketing listserv. One after another, lawyers lined upped to diss social networking as an effective means of marketing a law practice.

Fact is blogging and the adjunct use of social networking sites may just be the most cost effective and most powerful way to market your new law practice. What used to take a decade, that being to establish yourself as an authority in a niche, a young lawyer can do in two or three years by effectively using the Internet.

Kevin O'Keefe
About the Author

Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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