Incubator Program: Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply for 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.

Is Louisiana bar admission required?

Admission to the Louisiana bar is required.

How do I apply for the Incubator Program?

Please complete the online application available at http://www.loyno.edu/lawclinic/incubator-program.

What are the objectives of the Incubator Program?

  • 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.

When does the Incubator Program begin?

The 2018 program will begin in January 2018.

May program attorneys be employed outside of the Incubator Program?

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.

Does the Incubator Program have an agenda for participants’ caseload?

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.

Will the Incubator Program provide office space and other office resources?

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.

Will the Incubator Program provide continuing education to program attorneys?

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 might be provided for other (non-Loyola) CLE courses. Program attorneys are expected to participate as fully as possible.

Does the Incubator Program provide malpractice insurance?

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

Is there a fee associated with participating in the Incubator Program?

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

What is the pro bono requirement of 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 $6,000 stipend for the year of pro bono work. Second year participants will also receive a stipend for the 5 hour per week pro bono requirement.

Is participation for a second year an option?

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 with support and resources for program attorneys similar to those offered in the first year. Participants in the second year cohort will have the opportunity to serve as peer mentors for the subsequent incoming class. The pro bono requirement and stipend for the second year cohort will be lower than the requirement/stipend provided in the first year of the Program.

How will the Incubator Program be assessed to ensure that the program objectives are being reached?

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.