Resources for New Lawyers

This “Survival Guide” is a product of the Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Membership Committee and is modeled after a similar guide produced by the Houston Young Lawyers Association.  It is designed to provide fundamental information that new lawyers might not otherwise have at their fingertips.

This non-inclusive guide merely provides information that would have been beneficial to us as new lawyers starting the practice of law. The Survival Guide will hopefully provide both law students and new associates valuable resources as you navigate through the first years of your practice.  The legal profession is changing, and the needs of its youngest members are changing as well. In this regard, we have attempted to provide resource infor- mation in areas such as:

(1) student loans;
(2) professional help in times of need;
(3) dues, taxes and CLE requirements;
(4) establishing your own practice;
(5) the composition of the State Bar of Texas and TYLA;
(6) demographic information regarding young lawyers’ jobs and salaries; and
(7) helpful websites for young lawyers.

We have also provided you with additional information about the State Bar of Texas as well as the Texas Young Lawyers Association and some of its many member and public service projects. We encourage you to become actively involved in TYLA.

Click here to download TYLA's Survival Guide for young lawyers.

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If you are thinking about starting your own law practice, take a look at the TYLA project Office in a Flash which provides information and resources for starting a law office.


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