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The Incubator Program is an opportunity for Loyola Law School graduates who are engaged (or seek to be engaged) in a full time, social justice oriented solo practice in the Greater New Orleans area.

Participants will receive instruction, case referrals, mentorship, peer feedback, and access to a wide variety of resources including office space. With a requirement that at least of 1/4 of time be spent on cases that fall into the “justice gap”, participants will accept pro bono referrals for individuals who are at or below 200% of the poverty line and will receive a $6,000.00 stipend to support the year of pro bono work. Admission to the Louisiana bar is a requirement of the Program although applications may be submitted before bar passage is confirmed for the July 2019 bar. 

The program runs from January 2020 through December 2020.

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What are incubators?

A new model is emerging for young lawyers who seek to begin a solo practice in a structured mentoring environment to help build skills necessary for a successful practice. The American Bar Association maintains an Incubator/Residency program home page to track the many emerging programs across the country. The College of Law was one of only seven programs around the country to receive a grant from the American Bar Association's Legal Access Job Corp initiative to launch the Incubator Program.

Want to learn more?

Contact the Program Director

Ready to Apply?

Applications for 2021 will open in fall 2020

Incubator Program Attorneys

Meet our Attorneys

For several years, the Incubator Program has provided recent Loyola graduates with the opportunity to build out their areas of practice under the guidance of experienced attorneys while providing legal services to underserved people and communities in New Orleans. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Incubator Program

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduates in 0­-4 years of full time solo practice with an interest in social justice work.

Yes, Incubator attorneys must be members of the Louisiana Bar.

The application period for the 2020 class of the Incubator program is now closed.  Applications for 2021 will open in Fall 2020.

  • Train new lawyers by providing skills development focused on best practices for solo practitioners interested in social justice law practice;

  • Provide increased legal services and access to justice in the local community for low and moderate means populations;

  • Support Loyola Law School graduates entering solo practice and maximize success for a new class of Loyola alumni who complete the Incubator Program.

Each Incubator class starts at the beginning of the calendar year.

Program attorneys may engage in contract work as part of their solo practice as long as that work is less than 50% of the attorney’s time during the work week. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that there is sufficient time to build a practice and participate in the Program. The expectation is that program attorneys will utilize the office provided as fully and regularly as possible, including for any contract work, in order to contribute to and build synergy with the other attorneys.

No. Applicants must describe area(s) of the law in which they hope to (or already are) practicing. See application. The Incubator Program will work to facilitate mentorship and training in participants’ practice areas. With program marketing, participants have unique exposure as new attorneys.

Yes. Participants will be given offices in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice located at 540 Broadway. A client waiting area, interview rooms, and meeting area will also be provided. Resources such as fax machine, photo copy machine, and a common printer are also provided. Program attorneys are responsible for their own office supplies based on the needs of their own solo practice.

Yes. The Program will provide access to practitioners, mentors, technological tools for record keeping and time­keeping, and skills courses tailored to participants’ interests for law practice and law practice management. As Loyola Law School alumni, program attorneys have access to discounted Loyola Law School Continuing Education courses. Discounts may be provided for other (non-Loyola) CLE courses. Program attorneys are expected to participate as fully as possible.

No. Participants are required to maintain their own malpractice insurance.

No. Participants do not need to pay for office space, skills training, or other programming provided by the Incubator Program.

First year participants are required to spend ¼ of their time on pro bono cases serving the Greater New Orleans underrepresented low and moderate income individuals. Participants will select their own pro bono cases. The Incubator Program will help facilitate pro bono referrals and provide training. First year participants receive a stipend for the year of pro bono work.

The Incubator Program is initially a year-long program. By mutual agreement between the program attorney and the Program, a second year will be offered. Participants in the second year cohort will have the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for the subsequent incoming class.

A monthly assessment form will be utilized, to be completed by participants and discussed with the Program Director. The program hosts quarterly assessment meetings for all participants. Additional assessment of the skills courses and other programs will be completed in writing and discussed. Participants will be encouraged to engage in personal reflection on the practice of law and their work for social justice.

Questions?

Contact:
Professor Davida Finger
Associate Dean of Students
Ph: (504) 861-5596 / Email: dfinger@loyno.edu