can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

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sangr
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can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

Postby sangr » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:44 pm

1. how much capability do we have as attorneys to start actually doing legal work on our own right after the bar?

2. I ask because I read articles about recent graduates setting up their own firms.

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typ3
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Re: can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

Postby typ3 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:52 pm

I don't know what the failure rate is for new firms.. but why would you open a new business in an already glutted industry? An industry that is regulated so that you cannot solicit customers directly or go out and hustle for work?

bdm261
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Re: can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

Postby bdm261 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:57 pm

Aren't you in some sort of "limbo" post-bar exam where you need to be sworn in before you can practice (which take 3 months or so after you get your results)?

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I.P. Daly
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Re: can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

Postby I.P. Daly » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:50 pm

sangr wrote:1. how much capability do we have as attorneys to start actually doing legal work on our own right after the bar?

2. I ask because I read articles about recent graduates setting up their own firms.


It depends on the jurisdiction, and sometimes the judicial districts within the jurisdictions. Most courts post their rules online.

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Re: can a lawyer actually practice right after the bar?

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:45 pm

I'd be fricken terrified of malpractice, but I see it done - usually very badly.




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