Title of Presentation: Post-Graduate Support in Legal Education: Incubators and Residency Programs
Short Abstract: Law firm incubator and residency programs are emerging as models that enable newly admitted lawyers to acquire the range of skills needed to launch successful practices. The alpha incubator was established by CUNY Law School in 2007. Recent changes in the economy have led to the creation of similar law schools and bar associations models in the US and in the Dominican Republic. The goal of incubators and post-graduate residency programs is to provide ongoing training, support and professional development to law graduates who wish to use their skills to address the unmet legal needs of underserved communities. Like internship & residency programs in medical education, law school and bar association-created programs are helping to create a new breed of law graduates with a deep sense of justice and with a strong desire to acquire the professional skills that are not always acquired in law school. The ever-growing number of incubator programs in existence speak to the model’s success.
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