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Two Problems, One Solution


Georgians face real legal issues. It is estimated that 90% of those Georgians do not obtain legal help for issues where legal representation could significantly change the outcome and improve their lives significantly.


Newer lawyers who choose to start their own law practice often lack the resources and training needed to practice law on a daily basis and to run a successful business.


L4EJ’s entrepreneurship incubator provides training and resources allowing new lawyers to start a practice that offers affordable representation to Georgians with modest incomes.


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Participants start and operate their own law firm. As a participant in L4EJ, you receive the following during the 12-month program:

Top-notch training in substantive legal areas and a structured pro bono program to provide practical, hands-on experience

Referrals to fee-paying clients

CLE through scholarships to ICLE programs and PLI

Practical resources, including office space, equipment & practice management technology

Experienced practitioner mentors & expert business coaching

Practice management & business skills training - what you need to know to start and grow a sustainable law practice including client development skills

Access to a variety of helpful networks through the State Bar, legal aid providers, & other partners

Contact the L4EJ Director at to learn more about L4EJ's exciting Affiliate Program.

Expectations of L4EJ Participants

L4EJ is a 12-month program.  Each participant pays a participation fee of $3,000 for the year (payment plans available). L4EJ offers over 150 hours of training each year in addition to numerous practice management benefits.

During the 18-month program, participants agree to attend:

Boot Camp
Structured pro-bono track (approximately 40hours/month, which includes trainings)
1 training per month
1 mentoring circle each month
1 case review lunch each month
Quarterly coaching sessions with L4EJ Director

Each L4EJ participant agrees to develop a socially conscious practice that incorporates pro bono and low bono legal representation.  By month 6, each participant will create a business plan with L4EJ's help that incorporates pro bono and low bono work of at least 30 hours a month.

Professional Lawyer

Each L4EJ participant agrees to conduct their legal practice in a thorough and professional manner and in accordance with the highest ethical, professional, and service standards.   Participants agree to contribute to bar and civic engagement.

Direct Access to Justice


The numerous benefits -both tangible and intangible- significantly outweigh the cost and make starting your own firm financially feasible.

Cost Component                  Cost in L4EJ for 18 months*       Typical Cost**             Savings

Office furniture/supplies      Included in L4EJ Fee                    $2,800                           $2,800

Utilities                                    Included in L4EJ Fee                     $110/month                $1,980

Internet Access                     Included in L4EJ Fee                     $50/month                   $900

Printer/copier/fax                 Included in L4EJ Fee                     $230                              $230

Legal Research Software     Included in L4EJ Fee                     $175/month                $3,150

Case Mgmt Software            Included in L4EJ Fee                     $105/month                $1,890

Continuing Legal Ed              Included in L4EJ Fee                     $320/year                    $480

Business Coaching               Included in L4EJ Fee                     $5,000/year                 $7,500

Total for 12 Months             $3,000                                              $24,320                       $21,320

What are people saying?

"I applied to L4EJ because quality representation in family law cases is a necessity, not a luxury. But many people cannot afford the legal representation they sorely need. Young attorneys can be a huge part of the solution.  Through L4EJ, I will gain the skills and know-how to build my own family law practice, but in a way that will also bridge that affordability gap."

JoAnna Smith, Emory University School of Law 2014

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"Comradery amongst L4EJ participants is a hidden benefit, that helps you grow professionally and personally."

Alicia Mack, Georgia State University College of Law 2013

Who is eligible?

Must be a member of the State Bar of Georgia in good standing (those who have taken the Georgia bar exam and are awaiting results may apply; acceptance will be conditioned on passing the bar and being admitted into practice).

Preference given to those who have graduated in last 3 years, but other applicants will be considered.

Questions? Contact us for more information.


Now accepting talented, public interest-minded, and entrepreneurial lawyers who want to "break the mold" with an innovative, socially conscious law practice. 

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Questions? Contact us for more information.