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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 mentorship, peer feedback from cohort participants, and free office space.  Pro bono work with law clinic faculty is encouraged.  Admission to the Louisiana bar is a requirement of the program.

The program runs from January 2022 through December 2022.

The College of Law received a grant from the American Bar Association's Legal Access Job Corp initiative to initially launch the Incubator Program.  

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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 2022 Now Available

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

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduates in 0­-5 years of full time solo practice with an interest in social justice work.

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

We are currently accepting applications for the 2022 cohort. Apply here. 

  • 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. Attorneys participate for one 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. 

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 and office management based on the needs of their own solo practice.  The program does not provide an office assistant to Incubator Program attorneys.  

Yes. The Program will provide access to mentors and 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.

The Incubator Program encourages participants to engage in pro bono lawyering services on cases of their choice. The Incubator Program will facilitate pro bono referrals and training.

Questions?

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