You’re lawyer, right?

Having been out of law school for almost a year now, I’ve been doing what I can to 1) make ends meet and 2) find a job. I’m currently waitressing, which I see as a great opportunity to work on my people and service skills (as well as, you know, eat). However, one other thing has been coming up often enough that I think it’s time to do something about it. This is something I hear a lot these days: “So, you’re a lawyer, right?”

Right. And I should start acting like one. I certainly have enough people in my immediate social circle that I can, and *have*, helped since graduating, and it’s high time I do it professionally. That’s why I went to school, right? (I mean, I really wanted to be under someone’s wing for a year or so to get my feet (and a steady paycheck) under me, but if the job isn’t there – then I’ll have to make it for myself.) Terrifying, but do-able. Even my lovely fiance says that I’m my biggest obstacle right now, bad economy or no.

So… backing up a bit. As part of my “settling in” to the Northampton/Springfield area, there are things that I need to do as a young attorney. 1) Join the Mass Bar, 2) join local Bar associations, and 3) join networking associations. I’m currently a member of the MA bar and the Springfield Area Young Professional Society… and have three bar associations and another YPS to join.

A few weeks back I went to the Northampton Young Professional Society’s meeting… and felt like I got rave reviews from others. I felt like an attorney again, talking with other attorneys, and I really felt like this is what I needed to be doing to get myself off the ground. Or, as Mr. Ben would say, “pulling myself up by my own boot straps”. I committed myself to making these YPS meetings a regular part of my networking.

Last week, I went to the Springfield YPS groups networking event, and it really did me in. I spoke with an attorney from a prominent law firm in here in Northampton who said I “had my head on my shoulders” and that I seemed to know what I wanted to do with my life more than he did last year. And he’s been practicing for 17 years. I was extremely flattered, and inspired…

So this is the reason for my post. I’m finally going to do it. I’m going to start my own firm. Hooray, me!

(It also explains why I didn’t post last week…)

So this process is a little involved, but a worthwhile thing to do. First up, opening up my IOLTA account so I can make things official in my mind. I also need to look into liability insurance, as attorneys are required to have one if they’re a solo practice. Not sure which one needs to happen first, but that’s all part of the process. I do have a few books on the subject which I will be reading more of, now.

So that’s what’s going on right now. Hopefully I will post once again this week, but like a good entertainer at law, I’ve got some social network/marketing to do so I can get this off the ground.

Miss Solo Practitioner, Esq.

Next Up: “Copyright v. Trademark ”


(c) Nicole L. M. Jurkowski 2010


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