What is the Low Bono Incubator Program?

The Low Bono Incubator Program is intended to help Seattle University School of Law alumni build successful low bono law firms. The 2017 program begins in January and ends in December.

Through the 2017 program, each Incubator Attorney will benefit from:

  • A $3,000 stipend to help cover initial costs of launching a practice
  • Office space in downtown Seattle to receive mail and service of process
  • A mentor's support and guidance in the business of running a law practice 
  • Support and guidance from mentors with experience in particular areas of law
  • Peer support through bi-monthly meetings with the law practice mentor
  • Regular workshops and CLEs geared to provide hands-on training to launch and build a low bono practice
  • All alumni privileges of the Law Library plus a free borrowing membership
  • Free subscriptions to case management software and virtual practice tools

Who is eligible to apply for the Low Bono Incubator Program?

Applicants for the Low Bono Incubator Program must:

  • Be a graduate of Seattle University School of Law 
  • Be licensed to practice in Washington State and be in good standing
  • Have malpractice insurance or plan to get malpractice insurance by February 2017
  • Have not yet started their low bono practice or are within one year of starting their practice at the time of application
  • Be committed to having at least 60% of their clientele be people of moderate means

How do I apply?

Eligible applicants must submit the following by Friday, December 9, 2016:

How will the Incubator Attorneys be selected?

A selection committee will carefully review and evaluate each application and determine finalists who will be interviewed on December 14, 2016, in Seattle. The committee will use the following criteria:

  • The attorney's passion for running their own law practice 
  • The viability of law practice and business model
  • The attorney's commitment to serving a certain moderate income client community
  • The diversity in areas of practice and background of individuals within the cohort


Contact Suzanne Skinner at the Access to Justice Institute at skinners@seattleu.edu or 206-398-4168.