Book Release: Law School Completed, Now What?

New ABA Book for Law School Grads Reveals How Law Firms Operate

CHICAGO, June 17, 2010 – Graduating from law school doesn’t necessarily mean that one is prepared for the next steps.  For the new or young lawyer, working in a law firm presents many challenges.  Understanding how to address them and succeed in a law firm practice is the focus of Introduction to Law Firm Practice, a new guide by the _ Law Practice Management Section.

Written in an easy-to-read format, Introduction to Law Firm Practice provides an in-depth examination of how law firms operate, how they are managed, and how they develop clients and generate revenue. This book seeks to empower newer law firm entrants with the information to successfully navigate the law firm environment, thus helping them find greater satisfaction and happiness on the job.

Introduction to Law Firm Practice offers insight on:

  • law firm organizational structure and promotional tracks
  • how firms develop business and generate revenue
  • lawyer compensation and review processes
  • intake of client matters, including engagement letters, retainers, and conflict checking
  • law firm profitability
  • business development efforts, such as advertising, direct mail and e-mail, in-person solicitation, and preparing RFP/RFI responses
  • firm culture and demands on a new lawyer’s time
  • what senior lawyers expect from younger associates
  • mentoring
  • how to deal with mistakes.

To help lawyers maximize their chances for success, this unique guide includes four valuable exercises on organizing and marketing a practice to assist the reader in fully understanding the complexities of a law firm. These resources are also supplemented on a companion website, www.DowneyonLawPractice.com.

Author Michael P. Downey, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, is a member of that firm’s legal ethics practice group. He focuses his practice on representing and advising lawyers, accountants, and their firms on legal, ethical, discipline, risk management, litigation, and related business and professional issues.  A popular author and frequent speaker on professional – mainly legal – ethics, Downey also teaches legal ethics and law firm practice at Washington University School of Law.

The ABA Law Practice Management Section is a professional membership organization providing resources for lawyers and other legal professionals in the core areas of the business of practicing law –  marketing, management, technology and finance – through its award-winning magazine, webzines, educational CLE programs, website and publishing division. For more than 30 years, LPM has established itself as a leader within the profession by producing ABA TECHSHOW, the world’s premier legal technology conference and expo, and through its publishing arm, which has more than 90 titles in print.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.   As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

Title: Introduction to Law Firm Practice
Publisher: ABA Law Practice Management Section
Product Code: 5110703
ISBN: 978-1-60442-824-7
Size: 6×9
Price: $79.95
Orders: 800.285.2221 or www.ababooks.org


Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an e-mail to Trish Cleary at clearyt@staff.abanet.org.  If you publish a review of this book, please send tearsheets or a copy for our files to Trish Cleary, _, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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