Solo and Small Practice Incubator
Welcome to the Solo and Small Practice Incubator
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The Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) is a one-year program designed to offer a select group of entrepreneurial-minded recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates with valuable experience and ongoing training to help build their professional careers as solo or small firm legal practitioners. The program is intended to accelerate the successful development of newly admitted lawyers in an "incubator" environment.
SSPI encourages and supports its graduates by providing substantive and skills training workshops, coaching in marketing and business development, mentoring support, networking opportunities, and an array of other resources. Participants are also provided with a working space and basic office fixtures. Although there is no program fee to participate in SSPI, participants spend 5 to 10 hours per week with their matched clinical faculty or alumni-mentor in the mentor's solo or small practice firm. Time spent in the mentors' firms provide participants with additional experiential training, and assists in further enhancing participants' professional careers.
Participation is limited to a select group of recent IIT Chicago-Kent graduates. We are accepting applications for the upcoming 2016 Program on a rolling basis. Apply here. For more information, contact Dawn Young at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Interested in becoming a SSPI Mentor? Complete our mentor application here.
- Interested in speaking at a training/workshop? Complete our volunteer speaker form here.
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