Archive for the ‘Support for Solos’ Category

There has been, beginning quite recently, a growing movement to create training and support systems for new lawyers who want to pursue the small or solo practice route, including more real-world practice-oriented training for law students and incubator and residency programs for recent graduates. This week, I spoke to leaders of two organizations that represent another support model for solo and community lawyers: virtual networks. The Community Legal Resource Network (CRLN) a New York group affiliated with CUNY’s law school, and Starting Out Solo (SOS), a Massachusetts group. Both are new creations: CRLN was established in 1998, Starting Out Solo in 2008. Both were bottom-up responses to the perceived lack of support for solo practitioners and both, independently of one another, developed — in some respects at least — similar models. CRLN’s 300 member lawyers, from the five boroughs of New York City, have varied experience and expertise. They can ask […]

During my last year of law school I learned about tech start-up incubators like Y Combinator – which provides seed money, guidance, and networking opportunities to new start-ups – from my friends in Silicon Valley, and I was intrigued about the potential for using this model to help lawyers who wanted to create their own “start-up” law practice. In late August, I learned about the existence of law school incubators (the first of which was created only two years after Y Combinator) and booked a flight to see one of these incubators in person: the Access to Justice Initiative, affiliated with California Western School of Law. (For background on law school incubators, including the Access to Justice Initiative, see my recent post here.) In the upscale office space that houses the Access to Justice Initiative, looking out over a gorgeous floor-to-ceiling view of airplanes flying low over the city and onto the tarmac […]