This is why you would (have? ) fail at starting a solo law practice. As a solo lawyer I would differentiate myself because I am me. I can tell my clients that I am going to charge them $200 an hour because there is only one of me. And that I will go in front of that jury and represent them to the best of my ability. I believe that I have a convincing personality and am a great public speaker (just as note, won several regional debate competitions, received about $5k in schlys from winning speech competitions, and am currently on the moot court team in LS). I am not trying to brag or gloat, I am just saying that what is going to differentiate ME to my clients is that I can speak articulately and hopefully convincingly in front of a jury. I am not just going to be rubber stamping forms.
My God this post has me ROTFL! You really believe you're going to find clients to pay you HOURLY for routine shitwork like Ch 7 bankruptcy, real estate closings, etc? Esp. when every other lawyer in your area is charging bottom-rate flat fees for same? You say you aren't going to be "rubber stamping" forms? Buddy, law is probably not your "thing" if that's really the case. In shitlaw 99.9% of the job is simply rubber stamping forms and cut/pasting templates. Or do you plan on "custom designing" your own HUD-1 for a closing or your own Chapter 7 petition to take to the trustee?
And the nonsense about jury trials is a real laugher! About 0.000000001% of personal injury cases (which you apparently aspire to handle) go to a jury. In fact, most lose on summary judgement for failing to state a "serious" injury: http://www.articlesbase.com/personal-in ... 96684.html
Nearly all states have similar laws, as the insurance companies pay off politicians to make the laws more anti-plaintiff each year. And the judges are mostly lazy and hate these scummy ambulance chasers, so it's easier just to grant SJ and move these turds off their calendar. Being a great "oral arguer" won't help much here, as the motions (in NY anyway) are usually decided on the papers alone, and by "papers" I mean the reports of the examining physicians. The motion itself is just cut n' paste toilet paper- the judge won't even read it, but just flip right to the doctor's reports, grant SJ, and move on.
I've actually done 2 jury trials myself in personal injury cases in NYC. First was a loss for soft-tissue car accident injuries, second was a whopping 15 K "win" for a woman who fell down some stairs in a housing project. I use "win" in quotes because our plaintiff doctor got 5 K fee to testify, so we lost $$$ on the file.
Wait until you see how hostile potential jurors are to PI lawyers. In Manhattan you've got Goldman Sachs people in their laughing in your face and calling you a lowlife "ambulance chaser," others farting around on their phones, reading newspapers, etc. No one is esp. interested in hearing about how your broke-dick client slipped on a puddle of laundry detergent at some grungy bodega and now has a backache. Even during the trial you look into the jury box and half the people are playing with their phones, one guy even had his Ipod cord fished up his sleeve with the headphones on!
If you do land a PI firm interview, don't go in there nagging them about doing trial work or they'll think you're some kind of moron. The $$$ in PI is taking any and all cases regardless of merit and calling insurance adjusters 1000X a day to beg them for a few hundred bucks on crap files. If the firm ever does land a decent PI case and it goes to trial, you can rest assured you'll have no role whatsoever except maybe to tag along and Scotch-tape exhibits to the easel. As others have mentioned, trials are so rare that demand/desire to train associates in this area is comical. The trial partner at my old PI firm has only done about 25 trials in 30-odd years, and most settled before verdict anyway. Real life ain't Law & Order & Jack McCoy, it's copy-pasting boilerplate together in a grungy office for 40 K a year at best.