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.
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 18 months. During the first-week boot camp and then once a week thereafter for the following six months, participants have access to top-notch training led by volunteer professionals from LEJ’s strong network of partners. During months seven to eighteen of the program, 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. >> Learn More