JEP Applications are Now Open

March 15, 2021

The CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) is seeking entrepreneurial and social justice-minded applicants for its next class of participants who will begin the program in June 2021. 

Interested in obtaining the skills and resources necessary to build an innovative and successful law practice? Interested in making a positive impact on your community as a social entrepreneur? The JEP is an incubator that fosters and promotes lawyers who are launching innovative, socially conscious law practices and ancillary businesses serving legal consumers of all incomes in Chicago and beyond.

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The JEP offers top-notch training, mentorship, subsidized resources and space, and a network of like-minded individuals to kick start a legal practice targeted at the underserved middle market of legal consumers. 

Information sessions to learn more about the program will be held via zoom on Monday, March 29, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can register for an info session at here.

To apply, please submit your application packet to Jessica Bednarz, Director of Innovation & the JEP, at Application packets must include a resume, a copy of your law school transcript, and a statement of interest of no more than 3 pages describing (1) your vision for your practice (including practice areas and target markets) and your participation in the JEP and (2) a circumstance when you have demonstrated entrepreneurial initiative or another experience that demonstrates your ability to be a successful social entrepreneur.  Please apply by no later than Friday, April 9, 2021 to be considered for the next JEP cohort. Two rounds of interviews will be held between mid-April and early May. Selections will be made at least three weeks prior to the June 7, 2021 start date.