New Mexico’s Solo and Small Practice Legal Incubator

The Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering (ECL) program helps new attorneys start successful and profitable solo and small firm practices throughout New Mexico. 

How the Program Works

ECL is a 24-month program that provides extensive training in both the practice of law and how to run a law practice as a successful business.  In addition to training, ECL will provide participating attorneys with subsidized office space, use of office equipment, and many other benefits geared to assisting newer attorneys start their own solo and small firm practices. 

ECL helps participants explore areas and methods of practice that focus on meeting the needs of middle-income New Mexicans.  These New Mexicans can afford to pay for legal services but often end up representing themselves, forgoing the legal help they need, or turning to online services because they cannot afford traditional legal service models.  This unmet need for legal services creates an excellent business opportunity for new attorneys who want to open solo and small firm practices throughout New Mexico. 
ECL began operations in October 2016 and currently has two participating attorneys.

Who is Eligible

ECL has space for a maximum of six participating attorneys with  0-5 years of work experience who are passionate about starting their own solo or small firm practice and serving the legal needs of middle-income New Mexicans.  Participants must be licensed to practice law in New Mexico at the time they enter the program. 

How to Apply

ECL accepts applications throughout the year.  Applicants are admitted into the program in April and October of each year, depending upon slots available.  To apply, download the PDF application form and guidelines, and mail the completed application to:  New Mexico State Bar Foundation, Entrepreneurs in Community Lawyering, P.O. Box 92860, Albuquerque, NM 87199-2860.  For more information, contact Ruth Pregenzer, ECL Program Director, at 505-797-6077.