Borrowing principles from successful incubators in the business and technology fields, and with the help of a strong network of partners, LEJ provides training, mentoring, and other support in a collaborative office setting. These resources help participating lawyers establish sustainable law practices that provide affordable services to low and middle-income people in Colorado. Core tenets of LEJ’s robust 18-month program include setting predictable prices rather than using the traditional billable hour, offering unbundled and flexible services, and leveraging technology to create efficiencies.
LEJ prepares talented and entrepreneurial lawyers in Colorado to launch and manage innovative, socially conscious, and sustainable law practices. 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. During the two-week 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. The training curriculum includes core innovation topics such as pricing services in a predictable, value-based fashion and effectively using technology tools to improve client engagement and efficiency. The curriculum also includes key business fundamentals such as customer service, business development, and effective communications. In months 13-18, participants will have the option to participate in a Mastermind cohort where they will receive peer-to-peer group mentoring in setting and achieving professional goals.
Participants will also be paired with mentors and have access to supplemental training on topics such as attorney wellness, entrepreneurship and innovation, and growing their law practices.
Participants receive substantive legal training from LEJ partner legal aid organizations, the CBA-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. During that time, LEJ attorneys gain experience and expertise in their practice area(s) working under a supervising attorney. These residencies help them build substantive skills, develop mentoring relationships that carry on long after the residencies end and build relationships with the organization that often result in referrals. By the end of the six months, each LEJ participant has completed 480 hours of pro bono service.
LEJ participants also have access to free, high-quality CLE through partners such as CBA-CLE and the Practising Law Institute (PLI), and to free or heavily discounted technology tools thanks to our many generous legal tech partners.
What We Teach
What You Receive
All participants in LEJ will receive the following resources while they are active members of a cohort.
- CLE Elite Pass
- CBA Membership
- Professional office space
- Complementary or largely discounted legal technology tools
LEJ believes that having strong mentors is a key ingredient in building a successful law practice and will work with the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP) to pair participants with mentors.