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Legal Mapmaker™ offers practical and comprehensive training for law students and lawyers to build and maintain a successful law firm. The goal is to provide a map for all the practical aspects of opening a law firm. By following the Legal Mapmaker™ method, participants will learn, in a step-by-step manner with concrete recommendations, how to develop a thriving practice through specialization, proper marketing, leveraging cutting edge technology, and systematizing the practice of law to keep overhead low.

Legal Mapmaker™ is supported by Baylor Law in cooperation with the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the Texas Opportunity & Justice Incubator, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Southern Methodist University Law School, South Texas College of Law-Houston, St. Mary’s University School of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, University of Houston Law Center, University of Texas School of Law, and UNT Dallas College of Law.

Legal Mapmaker™ currently covers 18 topics: Mission and Professionalism, Selection of Practice Areas, Alternative Fee Arrangements, Business Planning, Technology, Cybersecurity, Financial Management, Health and Wellness, Office and Staffing, Marketing, Website Development, Avoiding Malpractice, Coaching, Bar and Community Involvement, Client Relations and Delivery of Services, and Case Evaluation and Referral. The topics were selected after consultation with a team of successful small firm managers who each started his or her own firm.

In compiling these materials, experts were consulted by the Legal Mapmaker™ writing team to ensure best practices. Moreover, the materials are integrated, meaning that each section is intentionally structured to build upon all the other topics discussed. The topics come together as a plan that can be implemented to start a new firm or re-design and improve existing firms.

This course is offered free to attorneys who pledge to take one pro bono case within the following year or, for those not yet licensed, within my first year of practice. 


Want to take the course for free? Sign the Pro Bono Pledge Agreement and receive this course free! Click this link to fill out the pro bono pledge. At the end of the pledge, the promotional code, and instructions on how to apply the code, will be displayed.