Memphis Law Incubator Program

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ESQ. Build: Sole Practicioner Incubator for Memphis Law Grads
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University of Memphis
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The University of Memphis School of Law Career Services Office, the Memphis Bar Association (MBA), in partnership with the MBA Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Section, and the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), is pleased to announce the launch of an incubator for new solo practitioners, ESQ. BUILD. ESQ.BUILD is designed for new attorneys (Memphis Law grads only) who are in their first three years of practice to receive training regarding not only how to practice law, but how to manage a law office.

ESQ.BUILD was developed to offer recent law school graduates a program wherein they are provided office space at a greatly reduced price, mentoring, CLE and other services to assist them in learning how to start and run a solo or small law firm practice.

Participation in this program is limited to eight to ten attorneys who are selected during an application process. For one year, they will receive office space at Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) at a greatly reduced cost (between $50 and $100 per month). Participants will have a private office and a conference room to meet clients, but will need to provide their own phone, computer, printer, and other office equipment. Participants will be required to handle pro bono cases for MALS, as well as donate a certain number of hours of service to the MBA. The Incubator is designed to teach young attorneys how to obtain clients and market their practice, so participants are encouraged and expected to generate fees from their own clients. Seminars will be offered on obtaining court appointed cases and cultivating referral sources. Participants will be assigned a lawyer mentor to shadow and discuss the practical aspects of practicing law. They will also attend CLEs that are geared specifically to teach them how to practice law, as well as learn how to run a small business. Participants will also be paired with a non-attorney business mentor affiliated with SCORE who will offer free advice concerning a business plan, marketing strategy and general information regarding starting a business.

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