NEXTPittsburgh and Pitt News Highlight Pitt Law's New Legal Services Incubator
Online Pittsburgh magazine NEXTPittsburgh spoke with Pitt Law Professor Thomas Ross, inaugural faculty director of Pitt Law's Legal Services Incubator, about the goals of the incubator and what it means for graduates and the legal community.
“There’s so much legal need out there. People say there are so many lawyers, and that’s not true,” Ross told NEXTPittsburgh. “The problem is there are too many lawyers chasing the same client base.”
“The job market is pretty tough for young lawyers. A lot of them would like to start solo or small law firms, but they feel uncertain about their capacity to do it,” he said. The incubator will assist young lawyers to get a head start by providing workspace, connections and resources to help each lawyer start a firm.
Pitt News, the daily student newspaper for the University of Pittsburgh, highlighted the incubator being one of three in the state and how the incubator received an American Bar Association catalyst grant.
“The goal is to nurture lawyers so they have a practice built but also can sustain a living,” Ross told Pitt News. “The idea is that after two years of support [the lawyers] are ready to leave the nest and go get their office space and keep rolling on.”