Matching Non-profit Legal Needs and
Legal Experiential Education
There is a long-standing problem...
Many organizations have legal needs but cannot afford the current market rate for legal services. There's another problem: far fewer law firms are hiring and paying law students during the summer because of those firms' high overhead costs. At Erdős, we maintain high quality and efficient operations because we implement high-impact technological solutions to workflow management. Our attorneys have backgrounds in management and we are adjunct professors at Wake Forest School of Law. We are in a position to pilot a partial solution to help non-profits and law students: The Erdős Summer Pop-up Legal Project.
This is the first summer we are doing this for non-profits, after piloting a version of it successfully last summer for a social justice-related startup. This summer, this service is limited to selected organizations who have 501(c)(3) designation (IRS code non-profit) and have transactional (contract/ip registration-related) legal needs that are suitable for completion within the next couple of months. Normally, we send organizations who cannot afford market-rate legal services to the local law school business clinic for pro bono legal services. However, that amazing clinic is closed during the summer, and some non-profits have legal needs that cannot wait for the academic year.
We've come up with a solution where law student associates work under the guidance of our Attorneys to help non-profit organizations during the summer at rates that are much lower than market rate for legal services. Our summer associates are enrolled at Wake Forest School of Law or the University of North Carolina School of Law. The legal service rates are priced and capped per project, and the projects are ones that can be concluded by the time the fall academic semester comes around. It's a pop-up law group both because of its limited duration and because its particular composition of summer associates is unprecedented.
Our Attorneys decide which transactional law-related projects would be appropriate for the law students to perform this summer, and help identify the issues in the cases for which students will perform work. We cap how much the client will be billed since these experiences will be used build the students' legal experiences and skill sets. We review all student work and are engaged with the students to help guide and educate them throughout the project.
We are accepting a limited number of non-profit organizations for this project this summer. If your non-profit organization is interested, then please fill out the form below. If it seems like your organization may be a good fit, we will reach out to you to discuss further.