Recent Southwestern graduates have the opportunity to launch and develop solo law practices while providing legal services to underrepresented low and modest income residents throughout Los Angeles County. The incubator program was established in 2015 with a grant from the State Bar of California’s Commission on Access to Justice. The Consortium includes Southwestern, UCLA, and Loyola law schools in partnership with Bet Tzedek, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Community Legal Services, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, Public Counsel and the Los Angeles County Law Library.
Under the guidance of the Attorney Development Director, the one-year program provides new attorneys, all graduates from the Consortium member law schools, training specifically geared toward effective solo practice management. The goal of the program is to help the new solos build a successful and sustainable practice. The participants learn client communication, case management, and business opportunity development, as well as various substantive areas of law. Participants will also receive mentorship and guidance from legal experts and practicing lawyers. All participants in the program commit to providing 100 pro bono hours during their program year. For a list of all benefits for the participants, please review: https://www.laincubatorconsortium.com/benefits
Maria Hall (see sidebar), the Attorney Development Director of LAIC and the 2018 keynote speaker for the Public Service Awards Luncheon, wrote an article for the Los Angeles Daily Journal highlighting how LAIC alums serve an important role as "social justice solos" in diversifying the legal profession and bridging the justice gap. Read her article and learn more about how our graduates are impacting the community through the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium here.
For more information regarding the incubator program and the application process visit the Consortium website.