Program Structure

Participants in LEJ develop their practices while receiving training, mentoring and other support on business and legal issues as well as space and other infrastructure as they get started. The 18-month program is broken into three 6-month modules. The first two 6-month modules are required. The last 6-month module is optional.

In the first module, participants perform pro bono work approximately 20 hours per week or 80 hours per month with partner legal aid organizations. Throughout that time, participants receive training, workshops and coaching on business and other issues needed to start a solo/small practice. Participants establish their own independent practices (including providing their own malpractice insurance), begin handling cases in areas traditionally needed by low and middle-income legal consumers, and strive to offer flexible representation options and predictable fees.

During the second and third modules, participants develop fuller caseloads and continue to receive training, mentoring and coaching on business and legal issues, preparing to move their practices out of LEJ at the end of the 18 months.


LEJ’s comprehensive training program focuses on building a new kind of practice that is more accessible and affordable to low and middle-income legal consumers. LEJ’s in-house training focuses on the business side of launching and managing an innovative law practice. Participants receive substantive legal training from LEJ partner legal aid organizations, the Colorado CLE, and other LEJ CLE partners. During the first six months of the program, LEJ attorneys are also placed at one of LEJ’s partner legal aid organizations for 20 hours a week for a “pro bono residency” to get the kind of practical real-world training that cannot be taught in a classroom. >> Learn More


The LEJ program lasts 12-18 months. During the two weeks of boot camp and then twice a month thereafter for the following 12 months, participants have access to top-notch training led by volunteer professionals from LEJ’s strong network of partners. Participants will be paired with mentors and have access to supplemental training on topics such as attorney wellness, entrepreneurship and innovation, and growing their law practices. During the last 6 months, participants have the option of participating in a Mastermind program to receive peer-to-peer, group mentoring in setting and achieving professional goals. >> Learn More

January 2023 Cohort

The January 2023 Cohort begins in January 2023. Applications for this Cohort are accepted year-round. Interviews and invitations will occur in November 2022.


Participants pay a participation fee (considered subsidized rent by some) of $300 per month during months 7-12 and $375/month for the last 6 months of the program.

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