The Business of Law: Start as You Plan to Continue

"My understanding went way beyond learning how to plan a business, this course helped me become a strategist for my own success."  - 2019 participant

In Ontario, more than 75% of lawyers work in small or solo practice. Building and operating a small or solo law practice brings a mountain of challenges in a competitive market. Performing, leading, and managing every aspect of the business is unique to legal entrepreneurship and mistakes are common.  

This four-day course will give attendees the skills and resources to launch their solo or start-up practice successfully. 

Each day will focus on a different element for a successful practice: The Idea, The Rules, The Innovation, and The Pitch. 

The Business of Law: Start as You Plan to Continue course will provide you with information and ideas to help you execute your vision and avoid common pitfalls. 

This course goes beyond simply inspiring you to start your practice. It will provide step by step guides on what you need, what to avoid, and who to connect with to turn your idea into a viable business strategy. Building a business from the ground up takes time, effort and expertise.

"This program is undeniably an investment in your future. It provides a welcoming and safe space to really unpack a lot of the technical and imaginative elements of starting your own practice." - 2019 participant


Through readings, guest lectures, discussions, and a practical assignment, this course will contextualize the key issues in running an ethical, professional, and viable small practice. 

  • Entrepreneurship 101: Money, Investors, Capital, Insurance, IT, Office Space and Planning 
  • Leadership Training: Diversity, Inclusion, and Ethics
  • Best practices for successful Practice Management, Marketing, Record Keeping and Client Service

Resources: Toolkit, networking, and connections with industry leaders.


View the course curriculum online. 



Questions? Contact Francine Herlehy

Dates for The Business of Law: Start as You Plan to Continue 2020 will be announced soon.