November 23, 2020 4 minutes to read ∙ 800 words

Building a Practice: Working as an Of-Counsel Lawyer at a Solo Firm

By Beverly Garcia

This article is the second in a two-part series exploring the benefits of a working relationship between solos and of-counsel lawyers. The first part, which presents the advantages from the perspective of a solo lawyer, Rachel Self, can be found here. The article below presents the advantages from the perspective of Beverly Garcia, the of-counsel lawyer in this solo practice.

I graduated from law school in 2008, into the teeth of a recession. I knew I wanted to practice immigration law, preferably at a small firm or a nonprofit. At the time, though, there were simply not that many legal jobs to be had. Additionally, my city has an oversaturated legal market, so I was competing with candidates with far more years of experience than I had. The only way I could gain any experience was simply to begin doing immigration law. There was one problem: I had absolutely no interest in hanging out my own shingle.

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