Want to start your own law practice?

Join Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI)

3987800441_106845cab6_bBay Area Legal Incubator (BALI) is a two-year program that helps recent graduates launch a practice — serving low and moderate income clients — in a wide spectrum of areas.

BALI provides extensive law practice management and substantive law training, support, and mentoring on how to successfully operate a solo or small firm practice.

BALI is funded by the Alameda County Bar Association, the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, the State Bar of California Commission on Access to Justice, and a coalition of five Bay Area law schools, including Santa Clara Law.


You will receive:

  • A modest stipend to help you pay bills while you set up your practice
  • Modest means, fee-generating client referrals from the Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
  • Hands-on mentoring and experience through part-time pro bono placement
  • In-house training and mentoring in substantive law, law practice management, and practical techniques for building a successful and sustainable practice
  • Shared office space in Oakland, California, within five blocks of BART.
  • Pay no overhead costs for the first 6 months, and reduced overhead thereafter

Applying for BALI

The ACBA in consultation with each school will select three recent graduates for the program.  Applicants will be asked to provide a business plan outline and must demonstrate:

  • A commitment to social justice & access to justice
  • An entrepreneurial spirit
  • A commitment to opening a  low-fee/modest means practice

Email stesconi@scu.edu to request an application. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis through September 30, 2016 (earlier submission encouraged). Program participants begin February 2017. Incubator attorneys must be admitted to the State Bar of California by the program start date in January 2017.

Santa Clara Law is currently accepting applications from the December 2014 through May 2016 graduating classes. Please email Sarah Tesconi, stesconi@scu.edu, with any questions.