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Concentration in Solo and Small Practice

The Solo and Small Practice Concentration bridges the gap between the doctrinal knowledge and practical competencies taught in law school and those necessary to successfully operate a solo practice. This concentration focuses students on courses where they will build the diverse set of business, legal, and interpersonal skills necessary in solo and small firm practice. For example, courses required for the concentration include Interviewing, Negotiating and Counseling, Law Practice Management, Selected Topics in Ethics for Solo and Small Firm Practice, and New York Legal Research. In addition to these courses students will have the opportunity to work with practitioners on simulated cases that will involve the types of matters likely to present themselves in a solo practice. Participation in this concentration will eliminate the mystery that often terrifies the new practitioner. The goal of this concentration is to help students succeed both in business and as a high-caliber attorney.
 
The Solo and Small Practice Concentration should be declared by the beginning of the second year of law study and will be available to students who began their study in the fall of 2014.
 
The Concentration requires a minimum of 18 credits total: 10 credits in required courses and a minimum of 8 credits in elective courses. Students are also required to participate in three non-credit bearing extracurricular programs relevant to solo and small firm practice. The courses that satisfy these requirements are listed below.
 
Required Core Courses (minimum of 10 credits)
Law Practice Management (2)
Interviewing, Negotiating & Counseling (3)
American Trial Courts– State or Solo/ Small Firm Practice Skills (3)
New York Legal Research (1)
Selected Topics in Ethics for Solo and Small Firm Practice (1)
 
Choice of Elective Courses (minimum of 8 credits)
Family Law (3)
Real Estate Transactions (2)
Cooperatives, Condominiums & Homeowners Associations (2)
Landlord & Tenant Practice (2)
Land Use, Zoning & Planning (3)
Environmental Law (3)
Bankruptcy (3)
Mortgage Foreclosure Law (2 or 3)
Employment Law (3)
Employment Discrimination (3)
Employee Benefits/Pension Rights (2)
Labor Law (3)
Federal Income Tax (4)
Corporate Taxation (3)
Estate & Gift Taxation (3)
Selected Topics: Garage to IPO (2)
Business Planning (3)
Entrepreneurship & the Law (2)
Criminal Law II (3)
Criminal Procedure (3)
Selected Topics in Criminal Procedure (2)
Selected Topics in Criminal Procedure: NY (2)
Disability Law (2)
Selected Topics in Torts (2)
Products Liability (2)
Sales (3)
Secured Transactions (3)
Education Law (3)
Elder Law (2)
Estate & Trust Administration (2)
Estate Planning (2)
Entertainment Law (3)
Immigration Law (3)
Patent Law (3)
Intellectual Property (2)
 
Non-credit bearing extracurricular programs that satisfy the Concentration requirements will be designated by the Dean for Experiential Learning. Many of the professional development workshops that are part of the externship program will qualify, as well as programs hosted by the Office of Career & Professional Development. In addition, certain programs outside of school, including bar association and CLE programs, may be approved. Examples of Professional Development workshops that have been held in the past and would have been approved toward the Concentration:
- Cultural Competencies
- Can I Make it as a Solo?
- Work/Life Balance Integration
- Research Skills-Doing it for Less
- Networking Skills
- Effective Communication
- Self-Assessment/Career Plan
- Games for Effective Communication
 
For additional information about the Solo and Small Practice Concentration please email SoloandSmallFirm@tourolaw.edu.