Saturday, September 10, 2011

Law Schools Launch Small Firm and Solo “Incubators to Help Their Grads

 Law schools around the country are launching solo and small firm "incubators" — programs that help recent graduates establish solo practices while also encouraging free or low-cost legal services to underserved communities. The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law was the first of its kind when it debuted in 2007; the school offers low-cost office space in midtown Manhattan and staff support for up to two years to a select number of graduates aiming to establish themselves as solos or launch small firms.

This is from a special report in the National Law Journal featuring four articles on the subject:

Incubators give birth to flocks of solo practitioners
Programs help graduates establish careers and provide legal services to the poor.

Comedies of error shape views of law schools, lawyers
Popular culture can illuminate the public, but also can spread misinformation about the profession.

How would students grade their law schools?
The notion lingers that teaching practical skills is somehow not their business. 

Pressure mounts to help graduates manage debt
The ABA wants Congress to extend federal payback provisions to private law school loans.


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