Check out the list of billing-software links compiled at the Oregon Law Practice Management blog. It is not Oregon-specific.
A law degree can be a gift that keeps on giving, assuming you use it well and that it was the right thing for you to spend time and money on in the first place.
I recommend some good career coaching if you’re not sure The Law is for you – and maybe, also, sitting in on a law school class or taking an undergraduate or adult education course on the law.
And even if you’re not fixed on a job as A Lawyer, a law degree can still serve you very well indeed:
Oregon State Bar (OSB) recently updated their Economic Survey, which includes current (2012) hourly rates for attorneys in Oregon (in addition to many other measures, compensation, job satisfaction, etc.)
You can also find and download surveys and other publications at the OSB Surveys, Reports & Research webpages.
No Excuses – it’s time to think about technology and your law practice: “When I meet someone in a bar, in a meeting or at the bar during a meeting and they give me a business card with an email address @aol.com, @juno.com or @prodigy.net – I wince. No kidding, I have a client who files bankruptcies through the CM/ECF as “bestguy68@_.com. I beg him to change it all the time – to let me help him – he won’t. Why? Because his wife likes it and because he just had 500 business cards printed! I can only help those who want to be helped. ” This quotation is from an excellent blog by someone who teaches lawyers and others some basic technology and business truths and skills. Now personally, I would have given her blog a better (er, more professional?) name, but we’ll cut her some slack. There’s a lot of useful information here for those of you who absolutely must stop thinking that “technology is cool.” It is, but if you have a business to run, it’s not. It’s a tool and must be managed with the same care and professionalism you use in other parts of your business. Thanks to Ernie the Attorney, always a class act, for the link.