The Career Mentor Program is a wonderful opportunity for graduates to share with current law students what they have learned about the different career paths available to those with a legal education. Questions about particular areas of practice, types of employers, or geographic regions are often most effectively addressed by legal professionals working in the field. Graduates have valuable insights and experiences to contribute, and their willingness to share perceptions and sage advice with current students is key to the success of this program.
- Mentors are not expected to find employment for students; rather they are asked to address questions regarding their practice from current or prospective students.
- The purpose of the program is to give the student a realistic impression of what the practice of law or use of a law degree in a non-traditional or non-practicing setting is like.
The Role of a Mentor
- Arrange to speak with the student within a reasonable time.
- Make every attempt to keep all appointments; if this is not possible, contact the student in advance to reschedule.
- Be candid in discussing views of the pros and cons of your practice or work situation.
- Discuss professional development activities and pro bono service.
- Provide the student with an honest assessment of stated career goals.
- Explore alternate methods with the student for reaching those goals.
- Offer suggestions with respect to job solicitation, interviewing, networking, etc.
- Identify issues that the student has not considered which are likely to be confronted by an attorney in your area of practice.
- Suggest ways for the student to adapt his/her law school experience to facilitate the achievement of career goals.
Mentors will be entered into the Professional Network module of Symplicity. Their accounts will remain active as long as they wish to participate in the program, and they may log in and update their profiles as needed.
If you are interested in becoming a Career Mentor, please click here.
Questions? Feel free to contact Law Career Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.208.5332.