So You Want to Start a Law Firm— The Course!

6 weeks designed to help you launch your very own legal practice!
Stop dreaming and let's do this!

So You Want to Start a Law Firm? That’s a phrase that has been in my mind for a few years now.

Hi, my name is Clarissa Rayward and I am a lawyer just like you! I started my law firm many moons ago. Over the past decade I have built a busy and successful niche collaborative practice in Family Law.

When I am not being a divorce lawyer I am working with lawyers just like you through my business, Happy Lawyer Happy Life.  This past few years I have helped over 500 lawyers around Australia through my membership program ‘The Club’, my courses or private coaching to build business in the law that enable them to lead the life that matters to them.

Taking the leap to start a legal firm is no small decision and one of the biggest challenges in knowing where to begin.  Through my work with lawyers just like you I have come to see that there are resources such as practice management programs that tick the professional requirements but it can be really hard to find information on all of the other stuff you are going to need to think about as you dream and then build your firm.  So, ta-da! The So You Want to Start a Law Firm Course was born. 

This six week course brings together a team of experts that have helped me build my firm to the success it is today.  From technology to finance, marketing to websites, I have pulled in the best of the best to help you launch that firm with all the tools you will need to give it the very best shot!  

And yes, like all good online learning you can earn CPD points for this program- 1 point for each hour you complete and between our weekly masterclasses, workbooks and bonus expert sessions you can claim at least 14 points for this program if you do all the work along the way.

In this 6 week program we will cover-

  • Week 1— Where do you begin! Building the right sort of firm for you from the start.
  • Week 2— People!  Team/ Clients/ Partners! 
  • Week 3   Brand, marketing and all that business stuff!
  • Week 4—  Products and Services- what are you going to ‘sell’ to the market
  • Week 5—    Technology and systems- the operations that will keep your practice moving
  • Week 6—  And the numbers!  Why business is a numbers game!
  • Bonus Week- You!  Why ‘you’ are the key to your business success.
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6-weeks learning the art of collaborative practice and its process. 

You will have access to...

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A private online focus group of like minded collaborative professionals. 

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Weekly online masterclasses with a few surprises in store!

Next 2022 Launch TBD!

This 6 week program is completely online so you can join no matter where you are thanks to 'Technology!'

6 Week Online Program Price

$ 799
  • 6 week online program
  • Weekly masterclasses via zoom
  • Online focus group
  • Access to our team of law firm experts from accounting, marketing, business and law


Clarissa Rayward is a lawyer and business owner who is known for her innovative and energising presentation style.  Clarissa has trained hundreds of lawyers both in Australia and overseas in all aspects of running a modern law firm from pricing structures to wellness.  You can expect much learning along with a lot of fun** along the way (**aka there will probably be dancing…  Because what is a legal presentation without some dancing…)

Clarissa Rayward


Accredited Family Law Specialist, Collaborative Lawyer, Mediator

Director, Brisbane Family Lawyer Centre

Hi! My name is Clarissa Rayward, I am the Director of Brisbane Family Law Centre and I am now a ‘mostly’ happy lawyer- but it wasn’t always this way.  A few years ago I found myself ready to throw in the law towel as I was a deeply unhappy lawyer.

I was not waking up and bouncing out of bed to get to the office; I was actively looking for reasons not to have to be there. I was finding myself struggling to do things in my job that I had been doing for years – even the simple stuff was becoming tedious and hard.  I was spending most of my time worrying, and most of that worry was focused not on what I felt or thought but on what others would think, feel or say about me. I was, in turn, distracted in my marriage, feeling disconnected from my daughter and finding my friendships becoming harder to enjoy. I describe this as me feeling ‘unhappy’.

Rather than throwing in that law towel I made a decision to change my approach to my life in law.  Over the next 2 years I actively made changes that have resulted in me finding a way to stay in this career and largely be ‘happy’ again.

As I began to write, talk and share my own challenges with unhappiness I started to hear from many other lawyers, just like you, who were also looking for new and better ways to stay in the law, be great lawyers and manage to lead a great life all at the same time.  I soon realised I was not alone and I wanted to do something to ensure that the many great lawyers around me were not also finding themselves deeply unhappy and leaving the law.  So with some help from a few friends I launched a podcast- Happy Lawyer Happy Life- where each week I interview fellow lawyers to open a dialogue on just what it has taken for them to find happiness in this challenging career.  I have also written a book by the same name- sharing my research and learnings on happiness as a lawyer.

Then a few lawyers asked me if I could ‘teach’ them what I did and voila- after a trial run with some friends, I created this course designed to help you better manage your law career and find happiness along the way.

I am a lawyer who is just like you- I have worked hard to get where I am and want to ensure that I can stay in this profession for many years to come but have a great life with my family and friends along the way.

Chances are if you are reading this you are feeling some (or all!) of what I felt a few years ago.  If so come and join “The Club” or participate in the next round of the 8 week Course, as I take you through the tools you will need to become a Happier Lawyer.