• At times, boutique law firms have been frowned upon by many attorneys.
  • Boutique law firms are small and usually have small practice areas.
  • However, for some lawyers, boutique law firms can be a smart legal career choice.

Summary: Is a boutique law firm right for you? Find out why it is often a much better choice for your legal career than a large law firm.

Is a boutique law firm right for you? Find out whether you should choose a large firm or a boutique in this article.


There are different points on view on this topic. See 20 Reasons Why There Are No Such Thing as "Lifestyle" Boutique Law Firms and Why Boutique Law Firms Can Be Much More Dangerous Than Larger Law Firms for a different view.

One thing that amazes me is how people continually want more and more money, beauty, success, popularity, and benefits of “big city life,” even when it is so often the case that those very things make people unfulfilled and unhappy. The more people want, and the more they compare themselves to others, the unhappier they often become. There are, of course, people who are immune to these influences, but many attorneys seem to be driven by them, to their disillusionment and detriment.
 
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

Years ago, I began finding local Los Angeles “society” magazines in my mailbox. I could not believe how many parties, events, happenings, and so forth were occurring all over the place. There were club openings, store openings, and various parties for this and that, where stars and celebrities were always invited. My wife grew up in Los Angeles and knew many of the people in the magazines.

“What are those people like?” I asked her.

“I don’t know many of them very well,” she said. “But I know that they all have a reputation for doing a lot of cocaine. So, if you want to get invited to those sorts of parties, I guess all you need to do is try cocaine, start hanging out with people who use cocaine, and you probably would find yourself at these parties sooner or later.”