It turns out that the same principle can be applied to building a law practice. Get started when you are a law student and by the time you are a senior associate, you can begin to reap the rewards. That is the basic premise behind a new book published by Thomas/West, The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career.
The Opportunity Maker is an easy read and contains a lot of practical information. While a newcomer to the profession (and marketing) may find the book a little overwhelming (another point made in the book is that there are many different ways to build your reputation and referral network,) the author does make an effort to point out that just getting started is what counts (i.e. not to do everything mentioned in the book.)
This volume is best used as a cookbook that can help you to understand how to implement strategies that feel most comfortable to you. No one could possibly try every suggestion (nor does it make sense to try.) But if you want to make a good investment in your career by laying the groundwork for building a practice, The Opportunity Maker is a good place to start.