How to Start Your Own Law Firm: A Basic Guide


Of the millions of law school graduates entering the workforce each year, only 1% will start their own private practice.

So what does this 1% know that everyone else is missing out on? For starters, you’ll get to choose your own clientele and to set your own hours. You’ll also get to find a specialty that interests you.

It’s all about freedom! As nice as it sounds, you’ll want to make sure you know what to expect. If you’re wondering how to start your own law firm, make sure to keep reading as we walk you through the steps.

Fulfill The Educational Requirements

First thing’s first: before you can take on the world of law, you’ll have to fulfill a set of rigorous educational requirements. The educational aspect of this plan can take years, so the sooner you start planning, the better.

Here’s a quick reference guide to the types of coursework you’ll need to complete:

  • Undergrad degree
  • Graduate degree (Juris Doctor diploma, in this case)
  • State bar certification

Additionally, you’ll need to complete a clerkship with a local legal firm. However, the specifics depend on your state.

Set Up Your Office

Aim to make your law office feel like a home away from home.

Start by focusing on your office itself. Make sure you have a desk and furniture, as well as a computer and a phone. You may also want to find a spot on the wall to hang your law degree, so clients know you’re well-versed in law.

Don’t forget about the legal supplies you’ll need. You can easily spend thousands of dollars on supplies alone, so your best bet is to partner with a legal supply provider.

To learn more about what a legal supply partner provides, including how to make sure you’re getting the best price, check out this article with five signs to look for when choosing a supply company.


Now that you’re set-up, it’s time to spread the word so you can win over clients.

The most efficient way to advertise your services is online. You’ll have better control over who you advertise to, including geographic restrictions, so it’s a better use of your money.

This means you’ll need both a social media presence and a website. Furthermore, the two need to be linked. Crosspost content from your legal blog to your social site, and make sure your social buttons are easy to find on your website’s homepage.

Once you have a few clients under your belt, the next step is to generate reviews. Most people do a quick Google search before contacting a firm. Seeing a one-star or five-star review could help them choose whether to contact you at all…or go with the competition.

How to Start Your Own Law Firm From Scratch

Starting your own firm can be a great experience. We hope you’ve found these tips useful.

Looking for more advice on how to start your own law firm? Make sure to check out the rest of our blog for more tips on how to drum up business.

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