Two Problems, One Solution
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
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:
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.
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
"Comradery amongst L4EJ participants is a hidden benefit, that helps you grow professionally and personally."
Alicia Mack, Georgia State University College of Law 2013