Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Whittier has started a new incubator program for recent grads that offers them free office space, staff, training and mentoring in exchange for which they provide discounted legal services to low income clients referred by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, CA. The Daily Pilot has more details:
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A new program at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa gives recent graduates like Hiraizumi office space and more. It matches them with low-income clients, who get a break on the cost of legal services. The clients, referred by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, earn too much to qualify for free legal advice from the society.
Ten attorneys were chosen for the Whittier Legal Access Program, which started last week. Participants are provided office space, staff, training and mentoring. Most are recent grads who aim to strike out on their own rather than join a large firm.
"It provides a leg up," Hiraizumi said. "It's hard to get clients on your own when you don't have experience to back you up."
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Marty Pritikin, Whittier Law School associate dean, said he modeled the program on Touro Law Center's law firm "incubator" at City University of New York. In recent years, more than a dozen similar programs have sprung up around the country, including two in San Diego, he said.
"My view is law schools need to rethink their relationship to their grads," Pritikin said. "Education and training doesn't end when they graduate."
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Hat tip to the JD Journal.