November 1, 2012
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago has launched its Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI). The SSPI follows a law school trend of launching incubators to help graduates set up their own practices–a trend that began with CUNY Law’s Incubator for Justice program, the first of its kind in the nation.
CUNY’s Incubator for Justice is part of the Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) at CUNY Law. CLRN supports alumni as they set up and run solo or small-group practices devoted to serving low-income communities that lack access to legal representation. The Incubator trains alumni in basic business issues such as billing, record-keeping, technology, bookkeeping and taxes that are critical to launching a successful solo practice. At the same time, it facilitates subject-based training in immigration law, labor and employment, and other topics that will arise continually as these attorneys build their practices.