The Charlotte School of Law Small Practice Center is an incubator program designed to support, nurture and promote the professional success of alumni in starting their own law practices. At the SPC, participants are provided with subsidized office space located at the Factory South complex along the light rail with direct access to Uptown Charlotte. The Center offers two on- site experienced solo practitioners who serve as mentors while simultaneously running their practices, best practices training, transitional monitoring, and continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities.
This page provides access to information about the Charlotte School of Law Small Practice Center, and the application process. Please contact one of the Small Practice Center's Co-Directors to answer your questions, schedule an office tour or walk you through the application process. Operating on rolling admissions, we have no application deadline and accept applications throughout the year.
We welcome all interested and potential applicants to learn more about how the Small Practice Center can help get you started in your small firm or solo practice.
Each participant is provided with their own private access office, which comes fully furnished with a desk, desk chair, bookcase, locking filing cabinet, and two guest chairs. The offices are equipped with a landline telephone unit and high speed internet access. At least two on-site conference rooms are available on a reservation basis, one of which supports videoconference capabilities. The participants enjoy shared access to a printer, photocopier, facsimile machine, optical scanner and shredder.
At least two experienced attorneys maintain offices within the Small Practice Center. These attorneys are available on a regular basis for informal mentoring and periodic roundtable discussions. Topics include solo law practice management, marketing and referrals, client recruitment and retention, billing and collections, courthouse procedures and protocols, and bench/bar relationships.
Best Practices Training
Periodic best practices training is provided at no cost. Topics include: personal branding, trust accounting, website creation, stress management, red flags for malpractice, client communications and marketing. If you have an idea for a best practices session, we will do our best to make accommodations.
Upon admission to the Small Practice Center, the Co-Directors and participants will create a timeline of mandatory milestones. The participants will be expected to track and prepare for important milestones, and update their original business plan throughout their tenure. These benchmarks ensure each participant is successful at the Small Practice Center, and in their transition out of the program.
Continuing Legal Education
Participants will be invited to participate in continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities at a discount; lectures, seminars, and other educational events sponsored by The Charlotte School of Law.