CLPI seeks to provide participants with a variety of resources to succeed. The majority of these resources can be divided into the following categories.

  1. Guidance, legal training, and support

  2. Referrals & mentorship

  3. Office space and tools

  4. Membership in BASF

Here is an overview of the general resources provided.

  • One year membership in BASF, which includes membership in the Barristers Club (while participating in the CLPI)

  • One year membership in LRIS (while participating in the CLPI)

  • BASF Continuing Legal Education passport for free admission to certain programs (while participating in the CLPI)

  • Lexis/Nexis electronic research (while participating in the CLPI)

  • CLIO case management system (while participating in the CLPI)

  • Law practice management boot camp and tool kit

  • Law firm conference room space

  • BASF conference room space

  • Shared work space (BASF’s Spacebar member lounge)

  • Telephone, copier, fax and Internet access (WiFi)

  • One-on-one mentoring and supervision

  • Intensive family law, eviction defense, and bankruptcy legal training

  • Referrals to represent pro bono and paying clients

Getting started? Read BASF’s Solo/Small Firm Toolkit
It contains all the nuts and bolts required to get started.

Importance of a Business Plan

A business plan is vital to the success of a new solo practice. 

Have you made a business plan?  You should consider the following (and more) when you are writing the business plan for your new solo practice:

  • What is my monthly budget?

  • What is an effective marketing plan?

    • How will people know that I’m out there?

    • Why will they choose me?

  • Research cost and location of office space

  • What areas of practice am I interested in?

  • Whom will I serve? (Example: moderate to low income clients)

  • What is the viability of my new solo practice?

Examples of actual business plans can be found at: