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LEGAL MAPMAKER™

Legal Mapmaker™ is a Baylor Law School project being undertaken in cooperation with other law schools to provide a practice development template for young lawyers who want to open their own law firm.

Mission Statement

Posted September 27, 2016

This year, we have launched a new initiative – Legal Mapmaker™. The project has two major goals: help young lawyers start a successful and efficient law practice, and help address the growing access to justice gap.


In short, Legal Mapmaker™ is a Baylor Law School project being undertaken in cooperation with other law schools to provide a practice development template for young lawyers who want to open their own law firm. Here are the twelve general topics we envision covering in our inaugural two-day program here at Baylor on August 18 and 19, 2016:


New Practice Development Topics:


  1. Mission and professionalism
  2. Selection of practice areas
  3. Office and staffing
  4. Business plan
  5. Financial management
  6. Avoiding malpractice (compliance issues)
  7. Marketing
  8. Technology
  9. Case evaluation and referrals
  10. Client relations and delivery of services
  11. Bar and community involvement
  12. Coaching 


In addition to the live presentations at the program, we will also have written materials accompanying each topic. Our objective is to provide step-by-step guidance in these areas. 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 provide a system that keeps costs as low as possible, so that services can be priced at an affordable, profitable level. 


As part of this process, we want to help our attendees build the skills to ensure future success. A key component of this aspect is our partnership with the Texas Young Lawyers Association's up-coming coaching program. We are working with TYLA to implement a natural tie-in from this program to their network. The goal of this collaboration is to give our young lawyers the tools they need to get started, and the coaches to help them grow.


During the Legal Mapmaker™ program in August, we will also discuss access to justice issues, and stress how our attendees can be part of the solution. By following our recommended steps, and starting a law firm that is efficient and cost-conscious, young lawyers will be in a position to help their fellow Americans who are otherwise unserved by the legal community. Further, while there will be a nominal fee for the program, we will waive that fee for attendees who pledge to take one pro bono case in their first year of practice, hopefully in connection with the State Bar of Texas’ Pro Bono Mentor Program. We believe that by taking one pro bono case, young lawyers will find that they enjoy the work, and incorporate it into their practice on an on-going basis.