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2017-18 News

Legal Incubators Can Help Bridge the Justice Gap (Daily Journal, April 26, 2018)

Arkansas' Small Towns Need Lawyers (, April 17, 2018)

UA Little Rock Launches Rural Law Practice Incubator (The National Jurist, April 16, 2018)

Law school launches program to better serve rural counties (Region 8 Newsdesk, April 16, 2018)

Podcast featuring the incubators Lawyers for Affordable Justice and Justice Bridge: "Closing the Justice Gap" (MassBar Beat from the Massachusetts Bar Association)

Submit a session proposal for the "Access to Justice: Incubators, Nonprofit and Sliding Scale Law Firms Consortium 5th Annual Conference." Due Jan. 29th. 

Revolutionary changes in law curriculum and law offices (Manila Bulletin, December 9, 2017)

VIDEO: Launching the Access to Justice Law Company (AJLC): An Innovative Model Law Firm for Increasing Access to Justice in Pakistan

State Bar Incubator's First Batch of Lawyers Leaves the Nest (Daily Report, November 14, 2017)

Legal perspective: TU's Solo Practice Clinic helps students prepare for life after law school (Tulsa Business & Legal News, November 1, 2017)         

Akron Bar seeks to add attorneys to its Barberton incubator (Akron Legal News, October 27, 2017)

Legal perspective: TU Law's incubator program filling critical need among law students (Tulsa Business & Legal News, October 4, 2017)

Addressing the Access-to-Justice Gap: Baylor Law School’s Legal Mapmaker Program Helps Young Lawyers Open Cost-Conscious Firms (Baylor Media Communications, August 15, 2017)

FIU Law launches family law practice aimed at representing moderate-income clients (FIU News, July 25, 2017)

In the recession's wake, attorneys increasingly find success on their own (Crain's Cleveland Business, July 22, 2017)

Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering: A Program Update (State Bar of New Mexico Bar Bulletin, July 19, 2017)

Legal Incubators Help New Solo Practitioners Overcome Hurdles (Attorney at Work, July 10, 2017)

The Law Firm Incubator Movement: Helping new lawyers start economically sustainable practices that narrow the justice gap (The Iowa Lawyer, June 2017)

Entrepreneurial Spirit: New lawyers from across the state join Texas legal incubator to build business skills and close the justice gap (Texas Bar Journal, May 2017)

Fred Rooney, Attorney-at-Law, on being Fulbright Specialist and Global Advocate for Justice (Super Lawyer, May 23, 2017)

First Participants in the State Bar Legal Incubator Program Help to Close the Justice Gap (Texas Lawyer, April 21, 2017)

Legal Aid Society of Orange County Taps Concord Law School to Join Incubator Program, Helping Recent Graduates Start Practices While Expanding Access to Affordable Legal Services in California (Business Wire, April 19, 2017) 

Lawyer-entrepreneurs face growing pains (Hartford Business, April 10, 2017)

State Bar of Texas launches legal incubator (Texas Bar Blog, April 3, 2017)

Loyola University law program mentors young attorneys who want their own practices (Louisiana Record, April 2, 2017)

Legal Incubator Programs: An Emerging Movement (ABA Law Practice Magazine, March/April 2017)

Legal Incubator In Bridgeport A Win-Win For Clients And Lawyers (Hartford Courant, February 20, 2017)

Family Law Incubator will prepare graduates for changing legal market (University of Calgary, UToday, February 10, 2017)

First State Legal Incubator Helps Greater Bridgeport Abuse Victims (Bridgeport Daily Voice, February 10, 2017)

Law practices join to help abuse victims (ctpost, February 8, 2017)

Neighbors Link merges Pace Community Law Practice to provide immigration legal help (Westfair Online, January 26, 2017)

Westport Woman To Lead State's First Legal Incubator In Bridgeport (Shelton Daily Voice, January 23, 2017)

Law incubator set for Feb. opening in Hartford (Hartford, January 6, 2017)

Three Years Make 20: LIFT Assists 20 New Attorneys to Date (Louisiana Bar Journal (Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017)

Modest Means Committee Addressing Struggles of “Working Poor” (Louisiana Bar Journal, Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017)

President's Opinion: Bridges (Texas Bar Journal, December 2016)

Bridgeport’s Center for Family Justice to debut state’s first legal incubator (Westfair Communications, December 22, 2016)

The Incubator Movement: Hatching Happy Attorneys and Addressing Access to Justice Issues (ABA Law Practice Today, December 2016)

2016 year in review: Best legal conferences (Lawyernomics by Avvo, December 8, 2016)

‘Legal incubator’ to induce profitability (The Florida Bar News, November 15, 2016)

Legal incubator for Mitchell Hamline graduates begins work (Mitchell Hamline School of Law, November 1, 2016)

Veteran assistance ABA commission goal (Tulsa Business & Legal News, September 21, 2016)

Akron Bar incubator: Support for law practice start-ups (Akron Legal News, September 16, 2016)

"Low Bono" Law: Incubator aims to help Mitchell Hamline School of Law grads launch firms that charge affordable rates (Twin Cities Business, August 31, 2016)

New Lawyers Target Lower Income Clients to Build Practices (Daily Report, August 31, 2016)

Findings Now Available from 2016 Comprehensive Survey of Lawyer Incubators

State Bar of Texas Seeks Director of the Texas Opportunity and Justice Incubator Program

Novel incubator to help fledgling lawyers build practice (Weatherford Democrat, July 23, 2016)

Legal Incubators Benefit Community (Columbus Bar Association, July 21, 2016)

In Tight Job Market, New Law Grads Boldly Hang a Shingle (LAW.COM, July 19, 2016)

Texas A&M Launches Solo and Small-Firm Incubator (Texas Lawyer, July 18, 2016)

Texas A&M University School of Law to Launch Innovative Justice Gap Program (PR Newswire, June 23, 2016)

TU Law announces legal incubator to expand access to justice for noncitizens (University of Tulsa College of Law, June 2016)

Program aims to ease legal service gap for low-income clients (Argus Leader, June 21, 2016)

Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI) Opens New Hub Within Alameda County Law Library 

Texas Bar President Plans Legal Incubator (ADR Toolbox, May 3, 2016)

Incubators provide stepping stones for young lawyers (California Bar Journal, April 2016)

The Thing Dressed in Overalls (Texas Bar Journal, April 2016)

This American Visionary Is Bringing Free Legal Services To the Poor in Pakistan (Mangobaaz, April 25, 2016)

The incubator alternative: New post-grad options in the legal field (ABA For Law Students, April 22, 2016)

Pakistan’s New Legal Incubator Expands ATJ and Promotes Legal Entrepreneurship (Self-Represented Litigation Network News 2016)

New Family Justice Center Puts Prosecutors, Private Lawyers and Counselors Under One Roof to Assist Victims (Connecticut Law Review, April 19, 2016)

Incoming Bar President Plans Legal Incubator (Texas Lawyer, Aprill 11, 2016)

Lawyers for Affordable Justice: Reasonably Priced Legal Help (BU Today, April 7, 2016)

Bar's Incubator for New Lawyers Launches, Gets Pro Bono Director (Daily Report, April 5, 2016)

MBA Teams with Innovative Legal Incubator on Workshop (Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, March/April 2016)

Incubators and tech services can help make a profitable, socially conscious law firm (ABA Journal, March 18, 2016)

Chicago Bar Foundation and Justice Entrepreneurs Project have created the Pricing Toolkit for attorneys seeking to serve low- and moderate-income clients

Solo Practice University Turns 7. First Month’s Tuition – $77


The Pitt Legal Services Incubator Legal Innovations Toolbox pulls together innovations in outreach and delivery of legal services, especially those that may assist the lawyer seeking to deliver services to the underserved client communities.

Legal Mapmaker™ is a Baylor Law School project being undertaken in cooperation with other law schools to provide a practice development template for young lawyers who want to open their own law firm. Click here to access materials on business planning, financial management, technology and more. 

2016 Comprehensive Survey of Lawyer Incubators (ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services and the Incubator Consortium)

Pricing Toolkit for attorneys seeking to serve low- and moderate-income clients (Chicago Bar Foundation and Justice Entrepreneurs Project)

Adam Chodorow and Philip T. Hackney. Post-Graduate Legal Training: The Case for Tax-Exempt Programs. 65 Journal of Legal Education 463 (2016)

Incubator in a Box (Lawyer Entrepreneur Assistance Program)

The Lawyer Incubator Blog

Incubator Guide (California Commission on Access to Justice)

Incubator Bibliography (Touro Law Center, June 2015)

Reinventing the Practice of Law, Edited by Professor Luz Herrera 
Available in print or eBook

Successful Business Planning: Representing the Moderate Income Client (Colorado Bar Association)

Law School Solo Practice Incubators and Legal Residency Programs (2012 Hanover Research - Law School Administration Practice)



In Their Own Words

A Video Featuring Incubator Lawyers

"In Their Own Words" shows how lawyers from around the country share the benefits of incubator projects - highlighting opportunities for public service, the value of practice management training and mentor relations, and the advantages of camaraderie with one another.

Incubator Program Videos

Collaborative Community Law Initiative (CCLI)

Justice Bridge Legal Center (UMass Law)

Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP)

Lawyer Entrepreneur Assistance Program (LEAP)

Sustainable Economies Law Center's Legal Fellows Program

Touro Law Incubator - The Community Justice Center of Long Island

Catalyst Law Institute: a nonprofit legal service lab

Recordings of CLE Webinar Series: Reinventing the Practice of Law

  • Less is More: Unbundling Legal Services and Expanding Your Practice Using Limited Scope Representation
    (Recorded Tuesday, February 17), featuring M. Sue Talia.

2012-2015 News


Touro Law Center's Journal of Experiential Learning Dedicated to Incubators (Volume I, Number 2, Fall 2015)

Loyola University New Orleans Incubator Program Brings in Awards, Welcomes New Cohort (loyola Press Release, January 20, 2016)


Incubator project will help attorneys who offer legal services to clients with limited resources (University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, January 19, 2016)


Elon Law opens incubator for new attorneys (Greensboro News & Record, January 13, 2016)


Legal Incubator program to benefit NSU law graduates while providing services to veterans and the community (PR Newswire, January 11, 2016)


Still Looking for New Lawyers, Incubator Program Hires First Director (Daily Report, December 23, 2015)

The Shingle (ABA Student Lawyer, December 1, 2015)


Too many lawyers? Not in D.C. (The Washington Post, November 27, 2015)


Fred Rooney: Affording Legal Justice To All (Forbes, November 15, 2015)


Nonprofit Maine Community Law Center offers lower-cost legal service (Portland Press Herald, November 12, 2015)


Chicago incubators featured on Univision in an interview with Fred Rooney (October 13, 2015)


New project will hire and train lawyers to serve moderate-means New Yorkers (ABA Journal, October 15, 2015)


Touro's legal incubator helps grads launch practices, while filling community's needs (Newsday, October 5, 2015)


Georgia Legal Services Program Receives $197,813 Pro Bono Innovation Grant (Legal Services Corporation, September 18, 2015)


Pitt announces the Pitt Legal Services Incubator for lawyers (NEXT Pittsburgh, September 14, 2015)


New Legal Partnership Helps Student Entrepreneurs (Michigan State University News, September 9, 2015)


Barberton incubator will nurture new lawyers (Akron Beacon Journal, September 7, 2015)


How Legal Incubators are Trying to Train New Lawyers and Solve the ‘Justice Gap’ (California Lawyer, September, 2015)


Celebrating 50 Incubators, and Raising A Research and Evaluation Challenge (Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog, August 27, 2015)


Incubator Program Shaping Up for January Launch (Daily Report, August 26, 2015)

Pitt Legal Services Incubator: Pitt’s School of Law to launch new program that offers affordable legal services...(University of Pittsburgh News, August 24, 2015)


Pitt's School of Law to launch incubator program for recent grads (Pittsburgh Business Times, August 24, 2015)


Gift Helps Loyola Incubator Program Expand, Provide More Community Service (Loyola Press Release, August 7, 2015)


Sen. Durbin urges pro bono work, new approaches to closing justice gap (ABA News, August 2015)


Schools Collaborate on Baltimore Legal Practice Incubator (National Law Journal, July 27, 2015)


Hatching Legal Eagles: Incubator Helps Grads Open Private Practice for Needy Clients (Cal Alumni Association, UC Berkeley, California Magazine, July 2015)


Boston Law Schools Launch Joint Practice Incubator (The National Law Journal, July 16, 2015)


Law School Incubators Are Attacking These Two Major Problems in America (Law Street, June 20, 2015)

State Bar Governors Narrowly Approve Incubator Program Funding (Daily Report, June 19, 2015)

Can the Incubator Movement Help Save Legal Education? (LAW.COM, June 18, 2015)


Law Schools Fund Firms to Train Recent Graduates (The Gazette, June 14, 2015)

In The Lead: Aiming to give clients, lawyers a Fair Shake (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 14, 2015)

UMass Law Justice Bridge incubator expands to New Bedford, Taunton (SouthCoast Today, May 13, 2015)

Councilmen work with law school incubators to provide free legal aid (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, May 4, 2015) subscription required

Spaces: Justice Entrepreneurs Project (Chicago Lawyer, April 1, 2015)

Incubators are Taking Off (National Jurist, March 2015)

Incubator helps fledgling lawyers hatch their practice (North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, March 17, 2015) Subscription required

Cleveland-Marshall incubator is making convincing case (Crain's Cleveland Business, March 15, 2015)

Legal incubator leaders hope for international growth (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, March 9, 2015) Subscription required

Judges: Legal incubators should include appellate lawyers (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, March 6, 2015) Subscription required

3 Ways Incubators Are Transforming the Legal Industry (Lexicata, March 5, 2015)

Law school deans praise legal incubators (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, March 5, 2015)Subscription required

Solo practitioners cite benefits of legal incubators (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, March 4, 2015) Subscription required

Growth of legal incubator movement on display at conference (San Diego Source, The Daily Transcript, March 3, 2015) Subscription required

LexisNexis alliance supports law school development programs (Dayton Daily News, February 27, 2015)

LexisNexis Strikes Alliance to Foster Postgraduate Development with Support for Law School Incubators and Residency Programs (Lexis Nexis Press Release, February 27, 2015)

Nice Development for Incubators (Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog, February 27, 2015)

Legal incubator dubbed 'Project Lemonade' gets $400K grant from MacArthur Foundation (ABA Journal, February 27, 2015)

MacArthur Foundation Grant Supports Innovative Solutions for Making Essential Legal Help More Affordable and Accessible (Chicago Bar Foundation Press Release, February 26, 2015)

MacArthur Foundation awards $400,000 to legal incubator (Crain's, February 26, 2015)

USEFP Fulbright Talk, "Using Incubators to Increase Access to Justice in the US and Pakistan" featuring Fred Rooney (February 12, 2015 6-7pm)

New attorneys learn resilience in incubator projects (California Bar Journal, February 2015)

Two Legal Incubator Programs Assist in Matching Attorneys with Clients Most Needing Legal Help (January 2015 Bar Briefs, Louisiana State Bar Association, pgs. 15-16)

Incubator program launches in Harrisburg (Widener Law News, January 27, 2015)

Cal Western to host international conference on legal incubators (The Daily Transcript, January 20, 2015)

Law school program offers a legal leg-up (Daily Pilot, January 15, 2015)

California Incubator Grants Put Young Lawyers to Work (The National Law Journal, January 13, 2015)

Commission Announces Grants to Expand Access to Legal Services (State Bar of California News Release, January 12, 2015)

Law Schools Are (Finally) Teaching 'The Biz' Of Lawyering (Law360, January 09, 2015)

Lawyers for Equal Justice: A Plan for the Creation of a Collaborative Incubator Program for Georgia (Georgia Courts Journal, January 2015)


Wayne Law launches independent, apprentice-model law firm (Wayne State University News and Announcements, December 18, 2014)

Blog post by Jamie Baker Roskie: What is a law firm incubator? (November 18, 2014)

Apply by Dec. 8 for 2015 Low Bono Incubator Program (Seattle University School of Law News)

Registration now open for Incubator Conference (February 27-28, 2015)

Creation of First Legal Incubator in Pakistan (Pakistan Tribe, October 2014)

The State Bar Office of Legal Services and the California Commission on Access to Justice have developed an Incubator Guide.

The State Bar of California and the California Commission on Access to Justice now accepting applications for a Modest Means/Incubator Project grant.

Growing law firms for 'regular' individuals (, September 2014)

College of Law is recipient of major anonymous gift (Loyola Press Release, September 2014)

Video from WPRI Executive Suite Segment 8/31/2014 featuring UMass Law's Dean Mary Lu Bilek (discussion of Justice Bridge Incubator at 8:50 mark)

Program out to make legal representation affordable (, August 2014)

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law helps graduates transition to solo practice (Akron Legal News, August 2014)

UMass Dartmouth launches a legal incubator in Financial District (Boston Business Journal, August 2014)

UMass School of Law Launches Justice Bridge to connect new graduates with mentors and clients who have unmet legal needs (UMass Press Release, July 2014)

Program Helps Lawyers Set Up Shop In Underserved Areas (Vermont Public Radio, July 2014)

(Loyola University New Orleans) College of Law creates incubator for solo practice lawyers (Loyola Press Release, July 2014)

Monterey College of Law to help young lawyers go solo–if they give back to the community (Monterey County Weekly, July 2014)

Widener Law, Dauphin County Bar Association starting law firm incubator program (The Patriot-News, July 2014)

Nonprofit law firm offers residency program to graduates (Akron Legal News, July 2014)

Project aims to aid small law firms (Rutland Herald, June 2014)

Environmental firm Fair Shake aims to help clients of modest means (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2014)

Environmental legal services incubator/residency program debuts in Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Business Times, May 2014)

California Shows Potential of Commissions with Assist to Incubators (Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog, May 2014)

Incubator workshop shines spotlight on need for affordable legal aid (California Bar Journal, May 2014)

Touro incubator gives new lawyers a leg up (Long Island Business News, April 2014)

Rutgers-Newark law school starts unique fellowship offering low-cost legal help (, March 2014)

Video Interview of Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneurs Project (Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation, March 2014)

Chicago Bar Foundation program helps new lawyers, and moderate-income clients (ABA Bar Leader, March-April 2014)

Exporting the Legal Incubator: A Conversation with Fred Rooney (9 U. Mass L. Rev. 108)

Chicago Incubator Reinventing the Legal Field (WTTW's Chicago Tonight, January 2014)

What Do You Get When You Mix a Lawyer With an Incubator? (Grid Business, January 2014)

Training New Lawyers to Start Affordable Law Firms (, January 2014)


INCubator-Style Programs Growing Among Law Schools (ABA Student Lawyer, October 2013)

Legal Incubators — Helping to Hatch Solo Practices (Lawyerist, October 2013)

The Northeastern University School of Law releases information on its upcoming incubator Justice Bridge Legal Center (The Northeastern University School of Law, October 2013)

The Richmond Legal Development Center Opens as Virginia's First Incubator for New Attorneys (Richmond Bizsense, December 2013)

Law School, Legal Community Launch Incubator for Newly Minted Lawyers (Memphis Business Journal, September 2013)

Touro Law Announces International Center for Post-Graduate Development & Justice (Touro Law Press Release, June 2013)

Law School Firms and Incubators and the Role of the Academic Law Library (Sonal Desai, University of Washington Information School, May 2013)

New Lawyer Inc(ubator) Program (Dialogue Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 4)

Consider Law Schools With In-House Firms, Incubators (U.S. News & World Report, June 2013)

Pace Law School hosts Innovating Access to Justice: A Celebration of The Pace Community Law Practice. The program and reception was held on April 4, 2013.

Law Incubators Help New Attorneys (The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 2013)

Incubators Sprout Up to Help Solo Practitioners (The National Jurist, January 2013)


Law School Solo Practice Incubators and Legal Residency Programs Report (Hanover Research, 2012)

Incubator in Jamaica to Help Meet Legal Needs (The Gleaner, December 2012)

Growing Justice: Law Schools Hop on the Incubator Trend (ABA Journal, October 2012)

CUNY Expanding Incubator Program for New Grands with Cal Western, Thomas Jefferson (National Jurist, October 2012)

Supporting CUNY Law Grads in Solo Practice (CUNY Law Magazine, Spring 2012)


Interview of Fred Rooney about the Incubator for Justice Program at CUNY School of Law (Richard Zorza's Access to Justice Blog, September 2011)


Lawyers Learn How to Be Businesslike (New York Times, January 2008)

Curriculum Examples

The following are examples of training schedules and program curricula.


If you are interested in exploring a relationship, please use the staff contacts provided.

Curriculum - Justice Entrepreneurs Project, Chicago Bar Foundation

Trevor Clarke
(312) 546-9939

Jessica Bednarz
Director of Innovation & Training
(312) 554-8022

Boot Camp/Training Schedule - Connecticut Community Law Center, University of Connecticut School of Law and the Hartford County Bar Association

Mark Schreier
(860) 570-5156


Trainings/Workshops - Solo & Small Practice Incubator, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Dawn Young
(312) 906-5003

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