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IBA: Taking the Next Steps on Your Career Path

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If you’re one of the many lawyers looking for a job or new direction, there are many resources available that can help you take the next steps along your career path.

One of the best things about a law degree is its versatility, and as you transition — or consider transitioning — to a new career — it’s important to remember the exceptional number of choices open to you.

You may want to explore going solo or you may want to set up a related business such as legal writing or research. You may want to do a lot of networking or you may want to use the Internet to find contract work while you determine what you want to do next.

For many lawyers, going solo is an option. There are many seminars and workshops offered on the subject. There is also a Sole/Small Firm Practice Section within the Indianapolis Bar to provide assistance for those considering these practice environments.

Indianapolis Bar Sole/Small Firm Practice Section Chair Kenan Farrell participated in a panel at last week’s Bench Bar addressing the need for a clear business plan when embarking on any career path, but most particularly a solo practice.

Jeff Meunier of the Indianapolis Bar’s Senior Counsel Division will be the featured speaker at an upcoming seminar, “So You Want to Hang Your Shingle”. Based upon a similar program offered last year, this CLE program will feature tips of interest to young lawyers seeking to launch their own practice independent of an established law firm. Registration is now open online at www.indybar.org.•

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