I know there are a lot of lawyers on SF. Has anyone gone solo or started their own small firm? I'm a 1L (now that it's summer, 2L I guess ) with a real interest in starting my own practice eventually. My school is pretty well ranked and, therefore, really focuses on placing students into big firms. Unfortunately, that means there's little guidance for students like me who want to build their own practices. Ideally, I'd like to get 2-3 years of experience in a smaller firm or as a public defender before heading out solo. Interested in a few different practice areas, but most strongly criminal defense. If anyone here is a lawyer who has started their own firm, would you mind providing some general insight to a law student who wishes to do the same? What practice areas do you work in? In the beginning, how did you find clients? My biggest concern is really marketing/finding clients.