NC LEAP (North Carolina Lawyers for Entrepreneurs Assistance Program) is a pro bono program of the North Carolina Bar Foundation that coordinates attorney volunteers to provide pro bono business law advice and counsel to small business owners through webinars and clinics held in partnership with non-profit organizations throughout the state that advise small business owners, including Prospera in Charlotte and Mountain BizWorks in Asheville. Two types of NC LEAP pro bono volunteer options: 1. Webinars that feature a presentation by a lawyer on a legal topic of current interest and relevance to entrepreneurs and small business owners, with opportunity for participants to ask general questions of the presenters. 2. Virtual "ask-a-lawyer" sessions that pair individual entrepreneurs and small business owners with business lawyers for 45 minute advising sessions and concerns and provide legal information and resources.

Project Frequency

One Time Event

Project Time Commitment

1. Webinars: Preparation time and 1 hour presenting the webinar. 2. Virtual "ask-a-lawyer" sessions: 45 minute virtual meeting

Project Location

Remote Electronic (service completed by phone or internet)

Area of Law

  • Advance Directives (Wills/Powers of Attorney/Living Wills/etc.)
  • Bankruptcy
  • Benefits (Government/Veterans/etc.)
  • Consumer
  • Employment
  • Entrepreneur
  • Nonprofit
  • Trademark/Patent
  • Other

Geographic Areas

  • Remote
  • Statewide

Project For

  • Newly Licensed Attorney
  • Attorney

Population Served

  • General Low Income
  • Nonprofits
  • Small Businesses

Skills to be Developed

  • Client Advice and Counseling
  • Community Engagement and Education
  • Public Speaking
  • Training Provided for Project Volunteers
  • Volunteers Who Speak an Additional Language Requested for this Project
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided for this Project
  • Mentorship Provided for this Project