The vast majority of lawyers in the United States do not work in large law firms that provide a broad array of business support services, including organized professional development. They are in solo practice, they share space with other lawyers or they work in a firm with less than 50 lawyers.

The need for professional development is just as vital, and perhaps more important, for lawyers who may find themselves under pressure to generate business and collect fees, who lack the necessary discipline, commitment or financial resources to support their continuing education or who are isolated by geography or specialization.