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Ready Resources in Building a Law Practice

Searching for additional resources to help you start and build your law practice? Take a look at the ABA publications below and check out the helpful links to website resources hosted by the GPSolo Division and the ABA. To order any of the products listed below, call the ABA Service Center at (800) 285-2221 or visit our website at

The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm

By Kerry M. Lavelle (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150481; $89.95; ABA member price $76.95; GPSolo member price $71.95)

Chosen as a practice management textbook by both the University of Illinois and the University of California, Davis, this book, written by a lawyer who started and grew a law practice, covers in great detail the time needed by you and how best to spend it to create and grow a unique law firm business.

Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm, Second Edition

Edited by jennifer j. rose (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2017; 5150498; $89.95; GPSolo member price $71.95)

Although staff can help you bring in more profits and clients, ineffective supervision can cost you money. This second edition provides insight to help guide the many decisions that face a lawyer who is running a firm, whether solo or staffed.

From Law School to Lawyer

By Jonathan D. McDowell (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2015; 5150476; $49.95; ABA member price $44.95; GPSolo member price $39.95)

You finished law school. Now what? This book will guide you through the transition from a law student who has passed the bar to a lawyer actually practicing law.

Run Your Firm Like a Business: An Operations Guide for the Solo Practitioner and Small Law Firm

By Frank T. Lockwood (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2014; 5150462; $79.95; GPSolo member price $65.95)

Stop avoiding the administrative part of the profession and start planning your business strategy as you would your case strategy.

Solo Lawyer by Design: A Plan for Success in Any Practice

By Gary P. Bauer (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division; 2017; 5150496; $59.95; GPSolo member price $47.95)

This book provides pre-laws, law students, and recent graduates as well as seasoned practition-ers the tools to help weather the rapidly changing marketing developments that present new and difficult obstacles to successful practice.

The 2018 Solo and Small Firm Legal Technology Guide

By Sharon D. Nelson, John W. Simek, and Michael C. Maschke (ABA Law Practice Division; 2018; 5110819; $89.95; ABA member price $76.95)

This guide is written to help solo and small firm lawyers find the best technology for their dollar.

GPSolo Division Links

“Opening a Law Office,” GPSolo magazine, January/February 2014:

Resource page for starting and running a law firm:

Solo/Small Firm Forms Library:

Sponsors page:

Other Links from the ABA

ABA Law Practice Division:

ABA Solo and Small Firm Resource Center: