Matthew McNicholas Speaks on Law School Incubator Programs with Daily Journal
In the Daily Journal article, “Law schools, legal aid society partner in innovative incubator for new lawyers”, Partner Matthew McNicholas discusses the booming trend of incubator programs for recent law graduates to gain hands-on experience. Part of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, the program will allow graduates to represent low to modest income clients with basic consumer and family law matters, including landlord-tenant, personal injury, immigration and criminal cases.
Participants will first go through a “boot camp” on legal ethics and basic skills, as well as regular training on select topics and occasional phone support while at court. Several law schools have implemented and launched this type of program, including Loyola Law School, where alumnus Mr. McNicholas hopes to mentor in the school’s program.
Mr. McNicholas says, “Law school education is no longer the X’s and O’s of the law. There’s an expectation of transitioning folks to the workforce.”