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243.5 sec. 001 - Going Solo:Starting Your Own Law Firm (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Desiree Lafleur  
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


Tu 6:25 PM - 7:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 19, 2021
To April 30, 2021

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: April 30, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32341
Class Number: 32341

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 10
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 17
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

Going Solo: Starting Your Own Law Firm is designed to prepare law students with basic training in how to open a law office and market themselves as a solo practitioner. Topics will include strategies for operating a lucrative and sustainable practice while serving underserved clients including people of limited means or in remote regions.

Course includes:
• Starting and operating a sustainable, affordable law office that can serve clients of a variety of income levels;
• Integrating technology to maximize profitability and/or to bridge the geographic divide when serving remote and/or otherwise underserved areas
• Establishing your business: licensing, zoning, banking, commercial leasing, tax benefits, and key resources
• Managing risks
• Budgeting, pricing, and financial requirements
• Professional Branding
• Mission/Vision Development
• Marketing for attorneys
• Converting or rejecting prospective clients
• Professional Ethics and Social Responsibility
• Record-keeping and intake process
• Client communications
• Billing and fee agreements
• Customer relationship management
• Strategic, transitional, and succession planning
• Drafting a formal business plan that may be presented to investors, partners, or stakeholders

Due to the nature of this class, some or all of the sessions may not be recorded and posted except as required for accommodation of students with disabilities.

Due to the nature of this class, real-time attendance is required (without an alternative way to earn equivalent credit) except in cases of illness or emergency.

Instructor bio:
Des Lafleur is a business attorney with 10 years of experience consulting companies ranging from startups to blue chip businesses. Her practice has a heavy emphasis on commercial contracts, intellectual property, and marketing law. Lafleur helps clients protect, enforce, and exploit their intellectual property assets while mitigating risks. Following her 2012 Berkeley Law graduation she helped small means entrepreneurs build businesses through services provides at Berkeley Law. An entrepreneur herself, Lafleur founded her boutique bi-coastal consulting practice in 2013. Her practice focused on clients in creative industries and retail. Although she grew her own practice mostly off-line, Lafleur helps others design their digital presences and grow their own businesses.

Lafleur is also a Clinical Teaching Fellow for Berkeley Law’s New Business Community Law Clinic.

Real-time attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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