1. Ignore the People Who Say You Can’tBranigan understands that differences is personality, connections, and financial support are irrelevant. He did it. You can do it. Anyone who says you can't - like the people who tell you not to go to law school - are all pessimists.
The reason why this is number one is that 98% of your law school classmates, lawyers, and professors honestly believe you can’t. Ignore them. Many attorneys are pessimists by nature and love to tell people what they can’t do. They never tried it so they don’t know. If you believe them, there is zero chance you’ll succeed. I’ve done it, and I know you can do it, too.
When I tell you that you should not jump off of a six-story building because there's a good chance you won't be around for awhile, I'm really just being a pessimist. Ignore me.
Likewise, it's essential that you pick the right area of law:
[T]he clientele in plaintiff’s personal injury, criminal defense, bankruptcy, employment law, and family law (to name a few), are, for the most part, individuals who have never worked with a lawyer. They are not extremely picky. They are simply looking for someone who cares, who is competent, and who believes in their case.You don't need to be an excellent attorney, or take the time to train with excellent attorneys. You just have to be like Jesus and get people to believe in you. Just open a church, and you'll have contingency clients ready to tithe their compensation.
And you need to believe in yourself:
You can do it. You can do it even if you have mountains of debt, a growing family, a low GPA, or a dwindling bank account. Trust me, you can do it.Especially if you have a growing family and a dwindling bank account, starting up your own business in a saturated and narrow field selling little more than your inflated charisma seems like a grand idea.
Oh, by the way, you'll need a little bit of money:
You also need to save up a small nest egg. Depending on the area of law you choose (see below), it may be 4-6 months before you start seeing any revenues.Emphasis added, so that no one misreads and thinks he's talking about "profits." But I'm sure if you look around, you'll see that you have 4-6 months worth of funding lying around, as pretty much everyone does if you just cut going out to eat and don't buy a new television set and car every year.