Course Plan | Course Descriptions | Tuition

The Solo/Small Practice Management Certificate is designed to provide practicing attorneys with the necessary business skills to open and operate a solo or small legal practice. The curriculum was designed by several practicing attorneys, marketing specialists, financial and tax consultants, and recent law graduates who have firsthand experience in the creation and operation of a small legal practice.

Solo Practice Management Certificate Course Plan FY 2014-2015

Certificate Requirements/Course Title Course Number Credit Hours
Introduction to Small Practice Management L 4421 3
Accounting for the Small Legal Practice L 4002 3
Business Development: Marketing and Client Service L 4089 3
Legal Practice Seminar L 4420 3
Electives none 4
Total Credit Hours none 16

Course Descriptions

Accounting for the Small Legal Practice (3 credit hours): This course will provide an introduction to basic accounting fundamentals, provide key concepts that apply to attorneys and solo practitioners, and explore situations where accounting plays a role in the practice of law. Topics include: understanding the balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and changes in owner’s equity; accrual vs. cash basis accounting; partnership vs. LLC; income tax accounting; money management and cash flow in a law practice; retainers; trust accounts; income measurement; auditing; and, billing/fees/timekeeping.

Introduction to Small Practice Management (3 credit hours): This course will provide an introduction to the administrative essentials necessary to open and operate a solo or small legal practice. This course will address the administrative needs specific to various types of legal practices; space, facilities, leases, and virtual practices; technology needs for the practice; document management systems; malpractice insurance; outsourcing; health insurance; conflicts; and human resources issues.

Business Development for Solo Practitioners: Marketing and Client Service (3 credit hours): This course will provide students with the tools to effectively market a solo practice and connect with the client. Topics include: client relationship management; social media; building a brand; networking fundamentals; website development; managing client expectations; effective communications; and, referrals.

Legal Practice Seminar (3 credit hours): This course provides an overview of the business functions of a law practice. Students learn how effective law practice administrators and managers base policy and management decisions on a comprehensive understanding of the law firm as a complex and interdependent equation.

Elective coursework must total 4 credit hours. Students may choose from either J.D. or MSLA courses if approved by the Program Director or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Tuition

Certificate Tuition (based on 16 credit hours)
Tuition* ($1359 per credit hour) $21,744.00
Health Insurance** $2,550.00
Technology Fee ($4 per credit hour) $48.00
Books $300.00
Estimated Living Expenses $14,664.00
Transportation $1,206.00
Total $40,212

*cost per credit hour FY 2013-2014

**health insurance cost for FY 2013-2014