There is something unique and powerful about creating your own path to success. Lawyers for Affordable Justice is a collaborative incubator that fosters solo attorneys as they begin their practice with training and mentorship during a one year period.
Deciding the next steps after law school can be overwhelming. You are eager to get started serving your community, gaining experience in your chosen specialty – or learning what specialty interests you the most.
Lawyers for Affordable Justice offers you the opportunity to do just that: serve your community and gain experience across specialty areas.
Whether your final goal is to join a private firm, grow your solo practice or provide non-profit legal services LAJ provides the network, the training, and the office amenities for you to reach your goal!
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?
Whether its general practice you are interested in or a specialized practice in one of the areas Lawyers for Affordable Justice focuses on – immigration, tenant landlord, small business, employment, family or criminal law- you can get the experience, support and guidance that you need.
In many aspects starting a non-profit law firm is similar to launching a for profit practice but it allows you to access grants and loan forgiveness. There are certain protocols to follow to establish and maintain non-profit status but LAJ can provide the collaborative space, resource, experience through referrals that you need to get started.
- GAIN EXPERIENCE ACROSS SPECIALTIES
Joining a private law firm is an exciting prospect as you finish law school but sometimes it is not the first step. A solo practice lets you acquire real world experience across practice specialties and gain valuable insight into the practical aspects of running a practice that can give you a solid step up for when you are ready to make the move into a larger private or public practice.
Be a part of the solution, be a part of Lawyers for Affordable Justice. Lots of great financial benefits, too!
If you (or anyone you know) are interested in applying for a space at Lawyers for Affordable Justice please complete this form or contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for the 2017 cohort open April 1, 2016.
2017 Admission Requirements:
- Applicants must have graduated, or expect to graduate in May, 2016, from Boston College Law, Boston University Law, or Northeastern Law.
- Applicants must be a member of the Massachusetts bar, or have taken or commit to sit for the July, 2016 Massachusetts bar examination. The Massachusetts bar admission requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances in the discretion of the directors of Lawyers for Affordable Justice.
2017 Application Procedure:
- All applicants must submit an application via the online form which includes a resume with three references and a 500 word personal statement on your interest in starting a solo practice and a description of the focus and services of your proposed practice.
- The LAJ directors will review all applications for participation in the 2017-18 LAJ cohort and will schedule an interview with those being considered for admission. All offers will be conditioned on the appropriate bar passage described above.
- Applicants who receive an offer to join the 2017 cohort must sign a Participant Agreement and pay the first two months’ participation fee, in the amount of $100.
- For any applicant who does not pass the July, 2016 Massachusetts bar exam, LAJ will refund the $100 and cancel the Participant Agreement immediately on receipt of notice of the failure to pass the bar.
A copy of the 2017 Participant Agreement is available for your review.
For additional information see our FAQ page.