The Law Entrepreneurs for Access Program (LEAP) incubator program was created to enable recent law school graduates in Maryland to build robust legal skills as well as ethical legal and business practices to grow and manage their legal practices.
In an often unpredictable economic climate for new attorneys, the incubator program teaches participants the business of running a law practice, helping them to lay a foundation for becoming successful legal practitioners. As they build their practices, incubator participants will also devote a portion of their billable hours to providing legal assistance in areas of unmet legal needs to under-served clients on a low-cost and pro bono basis.
Incubator participants will be based both at Maryland Carey Law and at UB School of Law, with three participants from each law school.
They will work out of office spaces provided by the two law schools that are appointed with furniture, office equipment and supplies, and Internet access or WiFi service.
Participants will supply their own personal computer laptops and telephones. Additionally, to support their practices, incubator participants will receive:
As their practices grow, participants will be supported by the fees that they collect.
Participants in the incubator will be supervised on site by an experienced attorney affiliated with Civil Justice, Inc., who will provide training and coaching on substantive law, law practice management and client development, with mentoring support from a network of other Civil Justice attorneys, law school faculty and alumni, legal services organizations and other partners
LEAP is for young lawyers with a strong entrepreneurial spirit who want to pursue a solo law practice and are willing to assume the risks that come with starting a business.
Participants in the incubator must be recent graduates of Maryland Carey Law or UB School of Law and must be admitted to the Maryland bar prior to the start of the program. Although the incubator attorneys will be selected by the law schools and Civil Justice, they will not be employees of either law school, nor be affiliated with each other.
For more information about the program, please contact Dana Morris, Assistant Dean for Career Development at 410-706-2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This initiative is a collaboration between the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law), the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB School of Law) and Civil Justice, Inc., a non-profit corporation created for the purpose of increasing the delivery of legal services to people of low and moderate income. The incubator infrastructure is supported by in-kind contributions from both law schools and through a historic grant from the Maryland Bar Foundation.