Solo practitioner attorneys are self-employed individuals work in a variety of areas of law. The educational requirements to become an attorney with a solo practice are similar to those of other types of attorneys, with a bachelor's and law degree required, as well as successfully passing the bar examine and being licensed to practice in their state.
Strong logic and critical thinking skills are needed for solo practitioner attorneys, as well as good communication skills. To successfully work as a solo practitioner, attorneys must work to establish and maintain a client base, as well as be able to successfully manage logistical requirements associated with running their practice (such as handling expenses and supervising subordinate staff, as needed).
Solo practitioners' area of expertise may vary. They may have general practices and deal with a wide variety of legal issues, or they may focus on a speciality such as personal injury. They may work with individuals, organizations, or a mixture of these two types of clients. Solo practitioner attorneys work with a wide variety of people and perform a wide variety of tasks; he or she may work in an office, in a courtroom setting, in the community and in other settings as needed. Their hours may vary depending on their clients' needs and their chosen hours of operation.
Attorney, Solo Practitioner Tasks
Gather evidence to formulate defense or to initiate legal actions; evaluate findings and develop strategies and arguments for presentation of cases.
Analyze and interpret laws, rulings and regulations with probable case outcomes for individuals and businesses.
Represent clients in court or before government agencies, present and summarize cases to judges and juries.
Advise clients in business transactions, claim liablility, advisability of prosecuting or defending lawsuits or legal rights and obligations.
Select jurors, argue motions, meet with judges and question witnesses during the course of a trial.