A Top Tier Law School's Definition of Private Practice
This little gem came from a top tier law school who prides itself on placing 92% of its graduating class within 6 - 9 months:
Large & Mid-Size Firms: Clients of large firms tend to be large organizations themselves, and the firms provide for most of their varied legal needs involving many practice areas. Most large firms are organized into practice area departments to accommodate this diversity of practice.
Small Firms: Small firms tend either: to have individuals as clients for whom they provide a variety of legal services, to practice in the personal injury area where relationships are formed with individuals, or to limit their practice to a specific area of law.
Solo Practice: Clients of solo practioners tend to be individuals and the practioners tend to be generalists or practice in the personal injury area. It is difficult for someone to establish a solo practice immediately upon graduation from law school.
Once a student gets past these sweeping generalizations which are clearly prejudicial and are statements from people who have never been a solo practitioner or only following their marching orders which is to make sure they keep their placement numbers up, what resources do they offer a student who says, "I want to open my own practice." Stare dumbly? Or incredulously? Probably both.
I just want to know who wrote their copy.