Texas A&M incubator program grows

The Texas Apprenticeship Network — a program that helps recent graduates start solo practices designed to help clients of modest means — is being expanding statewide. The incubator-style program was started by Texas A&M University School of Law two years ago.

The bump comes thanks to the Texas Bar Foundation, which awarded it a $25,000 grant. Now graduates from schools statewide will have the chance for apprenticeships in the program.

“To train and support the recent graduates, the program has matched recent law graduates with practitioners who share the common goal of helping address the state’s growing need for attorneys to assist pro bono and modest-means clients,” Texas A&M University said in a statement.

Professor Susan Fortney organized the program out of concern that graduates might be missing out on key opportunities to learn how to start and develop practices. And if they could not reach their true potential, clients in need would go wanting.

“Instead of sending graduates into the profession and trusting that healthy mentorships will develop organically, we’re formally teaming graduates with practice leaders,” she said. “Above all, we hope that the apprenticeship prepares and inspires the new attorneys to learn how to practice law ethically and provide both pro bono and affordable legal services to clients who cannot afford market rates.”




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