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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The State Bar of Texas offers many member benefits. Please visit the member benefits page for more information.

 

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.

 

Ten Minute Mentor

Ten Minute Mentor features short video segments on topics useful to Texas lawyers. The presenters include legal legends(Joe Jamail, Harry Reasoner), respected jurists (Dale Wainwright, Mary Murphy), experts in their fields (Robert Hirschhorn, Jeff Civins), and young attorneys. Best of all, Ten Minute Mentor is free.

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TX Lawyers for TX Veterans

Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans is a State Bar of Texas program to develop and assist pro bono legal clinics throughout the state for military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the legal services they need.

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Kids In the Crossfire

"Kids in the Crossfire" is a short video designed to  emphasize the impact of parents' behavior during divorce.  Through dramatizations and interviews with children, parents, judges, and counselors who have been impacted by divorce or work in the family law field, the video gives parents a road map of behaviors to avoid and suggestions for improving communication and minimizing stress on children.

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Just In Case
Just In Case

Strategies for successfully transitioning your law practice.

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Criminal Law Toolkit
Criminal Law Toolkit
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Social Media 101
Social Media 101

Are there restrictions on what a lawyer can post to social media? Are social media posts considered advertisements? Are other social media activities such as "friending" regulated? This guide is intended to help you better understand the rules governing lawyer communications in social media.

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Grievance and Malpractice 101
Grievance and Malpractice 101

No lawyer ever wants to receive a grievance or malpractice claim. But most lawyers are likely to receive at least one of these claims throughout their law career. This pocket guide will provide practical tips and resources on how to avoid and deal with these issues.

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Partnering for Pro Bono
Partnering for Pro Bono

Texas attorneys are addressing less than 25% of legal needs of low income Texans today. While there is 1 lawyer for every 322 Texans, there is only 1 legal aid lawyer for every 10,838 poor Texans.

You can make a difference by signing up to Partner for Pro Bono! Partnering for Pro Bono is a web-based matching program that pairs in-house attorneys with private practice attorneys so that, together, they can make a difference.

 

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Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence - A path to mental health

A Path to Mental Health

Topics include: Impact of Unemployment, Anxiety, Coping with Death, Mental Health/Disability, Bullying Trauma, Eating Disorders, First Responders, and more.

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Office in a Flash
Office in a Flash

Office in a Flash is a project by the TYLA designed to assist young lawyers with their solo or small firm practices. For more information about this project contact the Texas Young Lawyers Association at (512) 427-1529 or tyla@texasbar.com.

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Justice 101
Justice 101

Justice 101 was designed as a tool for attorneys to educate clients who are new to the litigation process. This 20-minute video explains the steps of the litigation process, from pleadings to trials to alternative dispute resolution. It also introduces important concepts such as the attorney-client privilege and the need for candor between lawyer and client.

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Lawyers Who Lunch
Lawyers Who Lunch
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ProBAR
ProBAR: Unaccompanied Detained Minors in Immigration Removal Proceedings

Each year, hundreds of unaccompanied children reach the Texas border after fleeing abuse, neglect or persecution in their home countries. Without adequate legal representation, these children remain in detention, unable to navigate the complicated immigration system and facing almost certain deportation. TYLA has partnered with the South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project (ProBar), to increase awareness, participation and training on this issue, and to provide pro bono legal services to the unaccompanied immigrant children.

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Conozca Sus Derechos
Conozca Sus Derechos: Presentación de los menores detenidos en Inmigración en procedimientos de deportación

Cada año, cientos de niños sin la compañia de un adulto llegan a la frontera de Texas después de huir de abuso, abandono o persecución en sus países de origen. Sin una representación legal adecuada, estos niños permanecen en detención, incapaces de navegar por el complicado sistema de inmigración y enfrentando una deportación. La Asociación de Abogados Jovenes de Texas de la Barra de Abogados de Texas (TYLA) se ha asociado con el Projecto de Representacion de Asilo Gratuito del Sur de Texas (ProBar) para aumentar la conciencia, participación y entreanamiento sobre este tema, y para proveer servicios gratuitos legales a esto niños inmigrantes.

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Slavery Out of the Shadows
Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking seeks to build awareness of human trafficking, a global epidemic affecting the lives of tens of thousands of victims within our own borders.

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Health and Fitness
Health and Fitness

Community Calendar

Health tips for lawyers

TYLA Health Pinterest Board

Luke's Locker Training Program

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