I have practiced in firms of all sizes, from 700-plus attorneys to four attorneys to one. The solo practice can be particularly exciting and rewarding, albeit downright terrifying at times. It is not a practice for those with a low tolerance for stress or a weak constitution. And, in my view, it is not the optimal form of practice for a recent law school graduate.

A solo practice is difficult even for a seasoned legal veteran. No one else is responsible for bringing in business. There is no safety net. There is also no one down the hall to ask questions of or to provide ideas. Although I know lawyers do it all the time, I personally cannot imagine starting my career in that type of environment.

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