Friday, July 4, 2014

Vermont Law School starts incubator program for new grads

According to this press release, Vermont Law School in partnership with the Vermont Bar Association will be starting an incubator project to help new grads launch solos practices in underserved areas of the state.  That makes more than 20 law schools (and bar associations) to start incubator projects according to this list maintained by the ABA.  Many of these incubator projects provide participants with subsidized (or free) on-campus office space as well as mentorship.  While mentorship and supervision are being provided to the 3 students selected to participate in Vermont's inaugural incubator program, it's unclear from the press release whether they'll also get free office space too. Participating students will join the program for 18 months by which point they will presumably have financially sustainable solo practices.  Here are more details from the press release:

Vermont Law School has partnered with the Vermont Bar Association to launch a project to help new lawyers establish law practices in underserved areas of Vermont.


The “Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project” supports new lawyers who want to pursue solo or small firm practice in Vermont and in the process help provide legal services in underserved populations and geographic areas of the state. The program helps new lawyers by building their competence and confidence through trainings and mentorship.


The 18-month pilot project will run through September 2015 and, if successful, continue in future years.


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“We are pleased to assist these promising young attorneys as they learn to develop and manage successful law practices and serve Vermont residents in need of their help,” said Professor Margaret Barry, associate dean for clinical and experiential programs at Vermont Law School, ranked No. 18 in the nation for clinical training. “The Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project reflects Vermont Law School’s commitment to using the power of the law to make a difference in the lives of Vermonters.”


Barry, who practices law at the nonprofit South Royalton Legal Clinic, facilitates the program with Mary Ashcroft, pro bono coordinator for the Vermont Bar Association.


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Continue reading the press release here.  The National Law Journal also has some additional details here about the agreed workload for participants and their pledge to forego seeking other employment while enrolled in the program.

Hat tip to the National Law Journal.


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