Lisa Solomon, a veteran freelance lawyer and founder of Legal Research and Writing Pro, was our guest co-host for the second #LawJobChat. We discussed how lawyers can work on a freelance basis as an independent contract lawyer. Click here to review the transcript of the chat. Some highlights and resources from tonight’s chat include:
- Business: Freelance lawyers are business owners who set their own hours and decide what work they want to do (i.e., substantive legal research and writing).
- Malpractice insurance: Freelance lawyers need their own malpractice insurance and you can read why in Lisa’s guide to contract lawyering.
- Ethical considerations: All states allow freelance lawyering. ABA Formal Op 08-451 is the main ethics opinion regarding freelance lawyering, and you can read Lisa’s analysis of the opinion here.
- Resources: Resources/organizations supporting freelance lawyers include: (1) National Association of Freelance Legal Professionals; (2) Freelance Law; (3) Legal Research & Writing Pro; and (4) list of technology Lisa uses in her freelance practice.
- Law Students: Law students can even freelance through Law Clerk Connection.
- Getting Started: Go where the clients are–for example, litigation section of your bar association. Talk to small firm lawyers and solos and offer to take some work off their hands.
For more information about #LawJobChat, click here. And, save the date for our next chat: Thursday, August 26 at 9pm EDT.