For students looking for guidance on establishing a solo practice, the law library has a number of books dedicated to this exact topic. In this post, I’ll focus on general office management. In my next few posts, I’ll be highlighting resources in our collection on Marketing, Billing & Development; Technology; and Ethics & Insurance. Additionally, you can search the catalog for the word “solo” and find guides for specific practice areas designed for the solo or small law, such as trusts and estates, real estate, bankruptcy, and more.
The ABA also provides many resources relevant to the solo and small firm practitioner on their web site at the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Division, Law Practice Management Section, and the Center for Professional Responsibility.
General Office Management:
How good lawyers survive bad times, by Sharon D. Nelson, James A. Calloway, and Ross L. Kodner (2009).
5th Floor KF315 .N45 2009
Practical lawyering : the skills you did not learn in law school, by Gerald G. Goldberg (2009).
5th Floor KF300 .G66 2009
The lawyer's guide to governing your firm, by Arthur G. Greene (2009).
5th Floor KF318 .G72 2009
Effectively staffing your law firm, by Jennifer J. Rose, editor (2009).
5th Floor KF318 .E34 2009
The lawyer's guide to creating a business plan : a step-by-step software package, by Linda Pinson (2009).
Reserve/5th Floor KF315.A9 P56
Essential lawyering skills : interviewing, counseling, negotiation, and persuasive fact analysis, by Stefan H. Krieger, Richard K. Neumann, Jr (2007).
Reserve/5th floor KF300 .E84 2007
Advising the small business : forms and advice for the legal practitioner, by Jean L. Batman (2007).
5th Floor KF1659 .B38 2007
The lawyer's guide to records management and retention, by George C. Cunningham, John C. Montaña (2006).
5th Floor KF320.R42 C87 2006
The lawyer's guide to balancing life and work, by George W. Kaufman (2006).
5th Floor KF300 .K38 2006
Law office procedures manual for solos and small firms, by Demetrios Dimitriou (2005).
5th Floor KF318 .D55 2005
Flying solo : a survival guide for the solo and small firm lawyer, by K. William et al. (2005).
5th Floor KF300 .F59 2005
The complete guide to designing your law office, by Suzette S. Schultz and Jon S. Schultz (2005).
5th Floor KF320.L3 S39 2005
Effective knowledge management for law firms, by Matthew Parsons (2004).
5th Floor KF318.Z9 P37 2004
Preparing witnesses : a practical guide for lawyers and their clients, by Daniel I. Small (2004).
5th Floor KF8950 .S63 2004
Attorney and law firm guide to the business of law : planning and operating for survival and growth, by Edward Poll (2002).
5th Floor KF315.Z9 P65 2002
The lawyer's guide to negotiation : a strategic approach to better contracts and settlements, by Xavier M. Frascogna, Jr. and H. Lee Hetherington (2001).
5th Floor KF300 .F7 2001
Teach me to solo : the nuts and bolts of law practice, by Hal Davis (2000).
5th Floor KF318 .D39 2000
Running a law practice on a shoestring, by Theda C. Snyder (1997).
5th Floor KF 318 .S69 1997