Becoming a criminal defense lawyer in L.A.
August 12, 2010 7:21 AM Subscribe
I am a bankruptcy lawyer in Texas interested in moving to Los Angeles to practice criminal defense. I have significant criminal defense experience from earlier in my career. Could any of you familiar with the Los Angeles criminal courts system answer a few questions about how easy it is to "break in" as a newly arrived criminal defense attorney in L.A.?
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(1) In some cities it is fairly easy for criminal defense attorneys to pick up work in the courthouse by just standing around, and potential clients will approach you. How viable is this in L.A.?
(2) Which courthouses are the busiest with criminal cases?
(3) Is there an easy way to get copies of the court dockets so that direct mail can be sent to potential clients?
(4) It appears that L.A.'s criminal cases are scattered throughout the many courthouses in the area. How do criminal defense attorneys balance competing obligations at these different courts?
(5) Colleagues who have practiced in Los Angeles, and California in general, say that it is pretty easy to get court-appointed criminal defense work. Is this true?
(6) Do you have any other tips for getting started as a criminal defense attorney in California?