Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduates in 0-4 years of full time solo practice with an interest in social justice work.
Admission to the Louisiana bar is required.
Please complete the online application available at http://www.loyno.edu/lawclinic/incubator-program.
The 2017 program will begin in January 2017.
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 might 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 $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.
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.
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.