Tips from the Practitioners Series: Small Firm Practice

By Kathleen Charlton, Evening ‘08
Partner at Charlton & Charlton Attorneys at Law

I have worked in small firms since graduating law school. I love the flexibility that it provides to me, as I have a young daughter. I have the ability to choose my hours. I can go home, cook dinner, and work after she goes to bed. I also like that I have the ability to choose the cases that I want to take. For me, the ability to choose my cases was a significant reason for choosing small firm practice.  I also love the client interaction that I have. The clients are solely my clients; I am responsible for everything in their cases. Although at times this can be stressful, it brings me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. There is nothing more rewarding to me than when a client hugs me or sends me a personal “thank you” note.

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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