In 2016, with the generous support of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, TIRN launched the TU Law Co-op (TLC), an incubator program designed to provide support to new solo practitioners. TLC attorneys are committed to building a solo practice and to providing legal representation to underserved populations.
TLC provides its participants with office space in downtown Tulsa at the Oxley College of Health Sciences. TLC’s co-location downtown with the College of Health Sciences provides TLC participants the unique opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations and enhanced exposure to potential client bases.
TLC is an 18 month-long program during which time TLC provides practice support, networking and client building opportunities. During their time in the TLC, participants are required to complete 450 hours of pro bono legal representation. The type of pro bono case a TLC attorney takes will be determined with consideration to the attorney’s desired area of practice and the needs of the community TIRN serves.
During the first six months at TLC, attorneys are required to complete an intense training program that includes the following topics:
- Community lawyering and social entrepreneurship
- Identifying client sources
- Budgets and operations in startup solo/small firm legal practices
- Marketing a law firm practice
- Creating a business plan
- Fees and retainer agreements
- Case management software
- Banking/IOLTA trust accounting
Graduates of incubator programs nationwide rave about the collegial environment and the access to practice support in incubator programs. You can read more about law firm incubators at americanbar.org.