Incubator in a Box Project

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LEAP Incubator in a Box Project
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Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
Whittier Law School
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Address: 2101 N. Tustin Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705 Phone: (714) 571-5200 Email: incubator@legal-aid.com

Incubator In a Box Project
LEAP Incubator In a Box Project

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County and our partner schools, Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law; The University of California, Irvine School of Law; Western State College of Law; and Whittier Law School believe that the incubator movement is an important event in the history of the legal profession. We hope that the incubator concept will eventually become an accepted and routine way of entering into private practice after law school. To that end, with the support of an ABA catalyst grant as well as contributions from our partner organizations we are in the process of creating an “Incubator in Box.” The purpose of the Incubator in a Box is to provide new incubator programs with a complete template for getting their own program off the ground. Below are some of the materials that we have created that will eventually form the core of the Incubator in a Box.

Most of the materials were created and are being curated by Andrew J. Benard, the Legal Aid LEAP Fellow. If you have questions or are looking for something specific that is not here you can contact him at ajb@ajblawoffice.com.

The Incubator Startup Handbook-
This Startup Guide is designed to provide organizations that are embarking on the creation of an incubator with a guide for planning how they are going to get the program up and running. It includes a timeline, checklists, sample promotional and training materials, and examples of other documents that have been key in the development of LEAP.

Introductory Materials:
Incubator Components
Outline of Program Startup Requirements
Calendar of events for Incubator Startup
Month 1
Month 2
Month 3
Month 4
Example Promotional Materials:
Program Flyer
Costs and Benefits Sheet
Newspaper Article
Administrative Documents
Program Application
Acceptance Letter
Participant Contract
Example MOU with Partner Organization
Wiki Front Page
MCLE Evaluation Form
MCLE Certificate of Attendance
MCLE Record of Attendance
Communications Documents
Sample Weekly Update Email 1
Sample Weekly Update Email 2
Participant Intake Form
Program Hours Log Form
Training Feedback Form
Selected Materials from LEAP Training Sessions
The Model Boot Camp

The Model Boot Camp is one of the most important components of the Incubator in a Box. One of the biggest problems any incubator program faces is the fact that Lawyers do not necessarily know anything about running a small business. New Solos may be successful in their practice of law but may still fail because they did not know how to run the business side of the firm. The Model Boot Camp is a series of video and live lectures that combine with a template business plan and other supporting materials to teach lawyers how to run a successful businesses. When complete the Model Boot Camp is expected to take about a week to equip incubator participants with the tools they need for their business. It is currently still a work in progress. But new materials are being added all the time. Some of the materials that are currently ready for public view can be found below.

Model Boot Camp Master Plan
Topic Outline
Topic list/Schedule
Module 4: Setting Up Your Business
Business Entity Selection Presentation
Business Entity Selection Outline
Business Entity Selection Presentation Script
Business Entity Selection Task List
Insurance Consideration Presentation
Insurance Considerations Outline
Insurance Considerations Checklist
Module 6: Running Your Business Efficiently
Law Firm Procedures , Templates and the Case File Presentation
Running Your Business Efficiently Outline
Module 8: Client Selection and Management
Ending the Representation Presentation

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