For various reasons, many lawyers ultimately decide to open their own law offices. While this is an attractive alternative for experienced lawyers who may already have a number of clients and a particular expertise, it is more difficult for recent graduates. In addition to the challenges of gaining experience, young solo practitioners must confront the array of issues that confront any small business owner.
Nevertheless, new graduates have successfully started their own solo practices. If you are interested in exploring this option, one of the best things you can do is find a mentor - ideally someone who has been successful at establishing a solo office. There also are a number of references available in the CDO library that will give you some background about the things you should think about before beginning a solo career. Finally, there are online websites and other resources dedicated to providing information to solo practitioners. The Texas State Bar sponsors a website called After the Bar Exam, which has information about solo practice.
In 2010, the Texas Young Lawyers Association created a very useful tool for starting your own practice: Office in a Flash.