Law schools fund firms to train recent graduates

Sudhin Thanawala
June 15, 2015

“Legal incubators” are fellowships for some law school graduates that provide an opportunity to learn the basics of legal practice and provide services to low-income individuals. Many graduates continue on to establish solo practices.

Incubator programs differ in the level of support offered to fellows and the scale of work they perform. At Whittier Law School, nine graduates worked in subsidized office spaces at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC), where they provide 300 hours of free services. It includes training in marketing, office management, and taxes. LASOC’s grant provided a substantial portion of the funding, so Whittier only provided about four figures in a contribution for the program, said Martin Pritikin, an associate dean at Whittier.

“Truly what we hope is that many of them will make this their business model well after the program ends,” said Tiela Chalmers, chief executive officer of the Alameda County Bar Association who helped develop a partnership and incubator program among five Bay Area schools.

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Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid SoCal