Last year, Baylor Law launched a new initiative – Legal Mapmaker™. The project has two major goals: to help young lawyers start successful and efficient law practices, and to help address the growing access to justice gap. We were fortunate to have the support of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Access to Justice Commission, the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and every law school in Texas.
This program is open to all, but especially tailored to serve recent law school graduates who are planning to hang a shingle once they receive their bar results or are considering making the move from a firm to opening their own shop. This year, the program will be hosted by Texas A&M University School of Law and expanded to a three-day program, which will take place in Fort Worth on August 16th-18th. In addition to live presentations and materials on each topic, we will also have workshops to help young lawyers connect one-on-one with the experts. The topics for this year include:
The key, as we see it, is to provide solid recommendations about steps and processes young lawyers need to implement to start their law firm and be successful and efficient as soon as possible. In addition, we are striving to give participants a system that keeps costs as low as possible, so that they can price their services at an affordable, profitable level. By teaching young lawyers how to launch efficient, successful practices, we hope to help lower the overall costs of legal services, thereby also addressing the growing access to justice gap.