Many people may think that upon graduating from law school and passing the bar exam, an attorney is ready to "hang out a shingle" and get to work. In fact, while they have learned how to be lawyers, graduates may not have learned how to successfully establish and grow their practice in today's ever-changing legal professional landscape.
According to The Journal of Business, Entrepreneurship & the Law, there are many reasons that the former business models for legal professionals are no longer the best. Among these are technological innovation and economic pressure. Clients have greater expectations, too, such as pricing structures that they can afford, unbundled services and a variety of methods of communication.
New attorneys with the goal of helping people who do not have the resources to retain traditionally-priced legal services may have even more challenges in opening a practice.
Fortunately, this factor has not escaped notice, and Seattle University School of Law and Dean Standish "Stan" Perkins are providing this type of instruction through the Low Bono Incubator Program. This program provides the law school's participating graduates with office space, startup capital, and, perhaps most importantly, connection to mentors who can give guidance, support, training and ongoing education through the following:
- One-on-one meetings
- Peer support
New attorneys may also come across cases that surpass their resources and limited experience. Each practice area has its own unique features, and new attorneys in the program are able to seek out assistance from the professional who has the experience and resources that they need.
Those with personal injury practices can rely on the law firm of Dean Standish Perkins & Associates to be a personal support system, connecting them to the resources they need for even the most challenging cases.