Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cleveland-Marshall Law School is set to open a solo practice incubator

More than a year after announcing plans to open a solo practice incubator, Cleveland-Marshall is ready to open the doors in March to 10 recent grads by providing inexpensive office space, office equipment and reduced cost health and liability insurance.  This will make it the first law school sponsored incubator program in Ohio, though the Columbus Bar Association has its own incubator program.  The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the details:

Cleveland State University provides offices for new law school graduates


Ten attorneys who recently graduated from Cleveland State University’s law school will soon become tenants in the university’s solo practice incubator.


For $200 a month they will have an office in what was previously a section of the library in  the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.


They must supply their own phone and computer but will have access to a copy and fax machine, conference room and break room, the university said. Through a partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, reduced-cost health and liability insurance and vendor discounts will also be available.


CSU’s is the first law school-based incubator in Ohio, and one of approximately 10 throughout the United States. The Columbus Bar Association also has an incubator.


The solo practice incubator is expected to open in March.


“We offer students the resources to explore solo practice as a viable, chosen career path early in their law school education, and we are now able to provide them with affordable office space close to the courts and our law library once they graduate,” said Cleveland-Marshall Dean Craig Boise, in a news release. “While our graduates have a thorough understanding of the law, they might not have the background necessary for starting their own business. We believe the programming and resources the incubator offers will bridge that educational gap.”


Ashley Jones, a 2011 CSU law school graduate and criminal defense attorney in solo practice, will serve as the incubator’s coordinator.

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