Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Baltimore and Boston law schools are the latest to launch incubator programs

From the National Law Journal:

Schools Collaborate on Baltimore Legal Practice Incubator


The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law are launching an incubator to help recent graduates launch solo practices while serving low-income clients.


The schools developed the project with the help of the Maryland State Bar Association, which is providing $50,000. Administrators hope to have the incubator running by November.


“The incubator offers a great opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience while providing affordable legal services to people in the state,” said Maryland Law dean Donald Tobin. The bar’s Special Committee on Law School Graduates spent two years planning the program, he said.


Earlier this month, Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law and Northeastern University School of Law announced plans for a joint incubator in early 2016, partially funded by an American Bar Association grant. More than 30 law schools host incubators or similar legal residency programs, according to the ABA.


In Baltimore, each school will contribute three graduates who have passed the Maryland bar exam for the inaugural cohort. The participants will spend 12 to 18 months getting their practices off the ground. Tobin said the schools would look for graduates who aspire to solo or small-firm practices and have an entrepreneurial bent.


The law schools will provide office space, telephones and equipment, as well as malpractice insurance and bar dues. The graduates will get access to Westlaw, which provides free services to legal incubators.


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