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Law Practice Management

NOTE: This course description is new for the 2016-2017 academic year. You may read the prior course description immediately below this new one. 

2016-2017

The course provides a practical view of how to start and operate a small firm/solo legal practice. Topics include: choosing a firm structure and entity type; selecting a location; determining staffing needs; developing in-depth financial and marketing plans; an overview of law firm economics and trust accounting; establishing efficient office systems; using technology; common ethical issues; key resources for Oregon attorneys; and the basics of risk management and professional liability. Students will explore course topics by researching and drafting interim assignments and a small firm/solo business practice plan, which will be submitted at the end of the course. Class participation individually and in groups is strongly encouraged. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis. While particularly relevant to students planning on a career in small firm or solo practice, this course will benefit any new attorney.

NOTE: The below course description applied prior to the 2016-2017 academic year.

The course provides a practical view of the business and operation of a small firm/solo legal practice. Topics to be covered include: firm structure and organization options; client development and relationships; operations and practice management; ethical issues; risk management; and the economics of law practice. Students will explore the course topics via the researching and drafting of a small firm/solo practice business plan, which will be submitted at the end of the course. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis, however, class attendance and participation (both individually and in groups) is mandatory. While particularly relevant to students planning on a career in small firm or solo practice, the aspects of legal practice management to be examined might be of benefit to new attorneys in a myriad of practice environments.