A new model is emerging for young lawyers who seek to begin a solo practice in a structured mentoring environment to help build skills necessary for a successful practice. The American Bar Association maintains an Incubator/Residency program home page to track the many emerging programs across the country. The College of Law was one of only seven programs around the country to recently receive a grant awarded through the American Bar Association's Legal Access Job Corp initiative.
The Incubator Program is an opportunity for Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area. Participants will receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work. Admission to the Louisiana bar is a requirement of the Program although applications may be submitted before bar passage is confirmed for the summer 2014 bar.
See the ABA grant announcement and recent press release regarding the Incubator Program. Also see highlighted press announcements by the Daily journal and Motor E magazine, The New Orleans Advocate, The Washington Times, The Republic,The Clarion Herald, and National Jurist and PreLaw magazine.
The preferred method for submitting an application is electronically through our online form. Please fill in the online form below and upload all required material.
If you are unable to submit online, you may also download the application form and submit via email to Davida Finger, Associate Clinical Professor and Director, Incubator Program at firstname.lastname@example.org - Download application.
Applications for the 2015 – 2016 Program will be accepted starting in October 2015.