Two Problems, One Solution

Problem

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.

Problem

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.

Solution

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

Programs

18-Month Incubator

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Participants start and operate their own law firm. As a participant in L4EJ, you receive the following during the 18-month program:

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

A collaborative office environment

Referrals to fee-paying clients

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

Experienced practitioner mentors & expert business coaching

CLE through scholarships to ICLE programs and PLI

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

12-Month Affiliate

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Now L4EJ offers an Affiliate Program to anyone located in the State of Georgia. As part of this 12-month minimum commitment, participants receive:

Top-notch virtual training in substantive legal areas of the law

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

In-person and virtual practice management and business skills training

Practical resources

Experienced practitioner mentors & expert business coaching

Referrals to fee-paying clients

Contact Sarah Babcock at sarah@L4EJ.org to learn more about L4EJ's exciting Affiliate Program.

Expectations of L4EJ Participants

L4EJ is an 18-month program.  Each participant pays a participation fee of $7,500.  There are several payment plan options available that consider the fact that you are launching a new business.L4EJ offers over 150 hours of training each year.

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

2 Week Bootcamp
1 Trial Day
A 6-month structured pro-bono track (approximately 40hours/month, which includes trainings)
2 trainings/month (45 hours of weekly trainings over the course of 18 months)
1 Mentoring Circle each month
1 Case Review lunch each month
Quarterly Coaching Sessions with L4EJ Director

Direct Access to Justice

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.

Benefits

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 Rent (L4EJ Fee)         $7,500***                                        $975/month                 $10,050

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 18 Months             $7,500                                              $36,480                       $28,980

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 for the Fall 2018 class are due by 5:00 pm on October 3, 2018.  Applicants should also plan to interview with the selection committee on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.The Fall 2018 class will start Monday, November 5, 2018.

Questions? Contact us for more information.