Mentoring Programs

 

 

ABA Mentoring Program for Lawyers with Disabilities
http://www.americanbar.org/portals/lawyers_with_disabilities.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

ABA National Mentor Program for Lawyers and Law Students with Disabilities. The program offers current and prospective law school students, as well as graduates, the opportunity to learn from experienced attorneys.

Alameda County Bar Association
http://www.calbar.ca.gov/portals/0/documents/cyla/CYLA-Mentor-Programs.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The Barristers Section created this program to link new attorneys with seasoned attorneys in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional law careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons.

Alston & Bird
http://www.alston.com/careers-professionaldev-mentoring/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

This program matches each junior associate with a partner or counsel in the associate’s practice group who has the responsibility for shepherding the associate through the first few years of practice. The formal mentor program is designed to complement, rather than replace, the many informal mentoring relationships which naturally develop for most junior lawyers. Lawyers participating in this program are encouraged to have significant contact with one another through day-to-day interactions at work and through social and professional activities. Having learned through experience that young lawyers who are brought along by their seniors tend to progress more rapidly, the firm has assigned high priority to the mentoring function.

American Bar Association
http://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/initiatives/mentorship_in_the_legal_profession.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The Mentorship Project is an online collection of conversations and advice. As part of the project the YLD teamed with StoryCorps® to share stories on mentorship in the legal profession. StoryCorps® is an independent nonprofit project whose mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening. The mentorship stories are also archived in the StoryCorps collection in the Library of Congress.

American Inns of Court Protégé and Law Students Mentoring Program
http://home.innsofcourt.org/for-members/future-members/mentoring.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The Pupil Group Mentor Program pairs two Inn members (at least one of which is a recent law graduate) with the Pupil members from each of the Inn’s participating law schools. The idea is to provide an informal forum in which Pupils (and possibly even other students from their schools) can explore their questions regarding preparation for and transition to professional practice. Pupil Group Mentors need not be alumni of the law school to which they are assigned. Mentor pairings will be assigned by the Officers of the Inn. The subject matter of the mentoring relationship and the individual meetings, however, e.g., personal, professional, career-development oriented, is at the sole discretion of the participant.

American Society of International Law Women in International Law Mentoring Program
http://www.asil.org/asil-women-international-law-mentoring-program
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Women in law mentoring program


American University Washington College of Law
https://www.wcl.american.edu/alumni/alumni_mentor_program.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring for All Students

The Alumni Mentor Program aims to provide students with knowledge regarding employment opportunities and expertise in various practices of law. Although a more informal program, it nonetheless provides students with an opportunity to engage with an attorney and better understand professionalism and the practice of law.

Anchorage, Alaska Bar Association
http://www.anchoragebarassociation.org/benefits.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

Member benefits include mentoring of new attorneys.

Arizona
http://www.azbar.org/sectionsandcommittees/committees/mentorcommittee
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Formal One on One Mentoring

The program provides experienced attorneys as mentors to answer substantive and procedural questions and offer management ideas for less experienced attorneys. The mentees can receive advice either by asking questions by telephone or in person through the One-to-One Mentor Program.

Arkansas
https://www.arkbar.com/for-attorneys/volunteering/mentor-program
Status:  Discontinued


Arnold & Porter
http://arnoldporter.webfactional.com/work/professional-development.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Mentors are a critical asset to an associate's career. We have a formal three-stage mentoring program that pairs associates with more senior attorneys as they progress and advance in their careers. New associates are paired with mid-level associates when they join the firm and maintain this relationship during their second year at the firm as part of the junior associate mentoring program. Mid-level associates are paired with partners and counsel. Mentors and mentees at the firm are offered training on goal setting and career action plans in order to help them work together to achieve the mentee's goals for the stated year. In addition, individual and group events are planned throughout the year to encourage opportunities for social interaction and networking. The firm also has several affinity groups which promote and provide informal and formal mentoring relationships.

Asian American bar Association, CA
http://www.aaba-bay.com/law-students/mentor-mentee-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring Matching for Law Students

The program is for students from Bay Area law schools, including the University of California at Berkeley, Davis and Hastings, Stanford University, Golden Gate University, University of San Francisco, McGeorge School of Law, and Santa Clara University. This program matches law students with attorney mentors experienced in particular practice areas, including criminal, corporate, employment, immigration, international, and family law, as well as in-house practice, civil litigation, intellectual property, government, and public interest work.

Ave Maria School of Law
http://www.avemarialaw.edu/law-school-job-placement/attorney-mentoring/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring for First-Year Students

Ave Maria invites lawyers to join the Board of Visitors upon the recommendation of faculty, administrators, students, current Board members, and other friends of Ave Maria. Board members introduce students to the practice of law from a variety of perspectives. The Mentor Program pairs each first-year student with a Board of Visitors member, enabling students to form professional and personal relationships with lawyers who will guide them as they progress through law school and transition to the practice of law. Through meetings, trips to court, or visits to the mentor's office, students gain a valuable perspective on what attorneys do on a day-to-day basis. The mentor relationship continues until, and sometimes beyond, graduation. Geographic preferences and practice area interests are two factors used to match students with mentors. In some instances, mentor relationships lead to employment.

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
http://www.bakerdonelson.com/professionaldevelopment/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Associates have at least one mentor from the time they join the firm. Each new attorney is assigned an orientation mentor for the first year, who is usually a senior associate in the same office and practice area. Then the associates nominate candidates – usually shareholders – to serve as their mentors going forward. Lateral associates are also assigned mentors and may nominate different mentors as their needs change.

Barristers Mentorship Program
https://www.acbanet.org/
Status:  Ongoing

The Barristers Section created this program to link new attorneys with seasoned attorneys in Alameda County so that mentees may gain support and guidance as they embark on their professional law careers. For mentors, participation in the program is an opportunity to give back and support the profession of law and help shape its future by coaching the mentees and sharing their experiences and life lessons.  

Belmont University College of Law
http://www.belmont.edu/law/academics/objectives.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Matching for First-Year Students

According to the “Mission and Objectives” of Belmont University College of Law, the “College of Law shall appoint a local attorney as a mentor for each new law student.”

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
http://www.cardozo.yu.edu/mentor-programs-cardozo
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Various Mentoring Programs

Cardozo School of Law offers numerous mentoring programs, including an attorney-student mentorship program, New York State Bar Association – Young Lawyers Section mentorship program, student-alumni mentor program, and others. The mentors are to provide students with information regarding various practice areas, employment strategies, and professionalism.

Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles
http://www.blackwomenlawyersla.org/
Status:  Ongoing

BWL's mentorship and guidance is invaluable to our area law students.

Boston Bar Association
http://www.bostonbar.org/membership/publications/article-detail?ID=2110
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group Mentoring

The Boston Bar Association's Group Mentoring Program consists of several mentoring groups, each with 8 mentees lead by 2 experienced attorneys. The groups meet monthly for discussions about career paths, work life balance issues and professional challenges.  If you are an up-and-coming lawyer who has been in practice for less than 8 years the bar encourages attorneys to participate.

Boston College School of Law
http://www.bc.edu/schools/law/alumni/association/mentorprog
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  1L Student-Alumni Liaison Program

The 1L Student-Alumni Liaison Program matches first-year students with alumni. The alumni practice in the city in which the first-year student may want to practice and in the practice area the first-year student is considering. The alumni mentor may also provide advice regarding course selection, summer employment, and any other area of concern. Furthermore, the alumni mentor provides general encouragement to the first-year student.

Boston University School of Law
http://www.bu.edu/law/alumni/involved/mentoring/alumni/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring with Alumni

The program was designed as a means of connecting first-year students to alumni in the Boston area. Students assigned to local alumni benefit from the guidance and advice offered by individuals who understand, through firsthand experience, the issues and concerns students face. Mentors make a one-year commitment, beginning in their mentees' first semester of the first-year through the first semester of their second year. Mentors may specify how many students they would like to be assigned. Throughout the year, mentors are free to offer their mentees assistance.

Brigham Young University
http://www.law2.byu.edu/site/academic-success-program/mentoring
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching for Students

The Mentor Program matches each student with a mentor who is a graduate of the BYU Law School. Alumni mentors provide valuable advice about career goals, academic and personal preparation, networking, career alternatives, job requirements, duties and career balance. Students are asked about the specific practice areas in which they might be interested and are then matched with a mentor who practices in that area. Students that don't have any specific requests are matched essentially at random. Students and mentors are introduced at the alumni/student lunch which is part of 1L Orientation Week.

Brooklyn Law School
http://www.brooklaw.edu/alumniandfriends/getinvolved/alumnimentorprogram.aspx
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Lawyer Mentoring Program for Students

The Brooklyn Law School Alumni Mentor Program pairs alumni with students who are particularly interested in their mentors' field of practice, offering an invaluable opportunity to complement and enhance the students' law school experience. This year the program matched over 100 students with lawyers practicing in a broad range of areas including antitrust, bankruptcy, corporate, entertainment, immigration, intellectual property, litigation, taxation, human rights, real estate, family law, criminal prosecution and criminal defense. Alumni participants not only offer their mentees career advice on a variety of topics but also include them at various work related activities and local networking events for the bar.

California Western School of Law
http://www.cwsl.edu/student-life/campus-resources/career-and-professional-development-office/alumni/become-an-alumni-volunteer
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor

California Western School of Law matches second and third-year law students with alumni. The alumni mentors are matched with students who are interested in the particular practice area in which the alumni focus. Alumni mentors are encouraged to develop long-lasting professional relationships with the students, and each alumni is asked to meet and/or speak with the student once a month for a period of six months.

California Women Lawyers
http://www.cwl.org/professional-development/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

CWL is committed to advancing the skills of its members to enable them to excel in the legal profession. CWL has an active statewide mentoring network, enabling members to seek advice, feedback, and information from professionals throughout California.  

Catholic University Columbus School of Law
http://www.law.edu/cualawadvantage.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  CUA Law Advantage Mentoring Program

The Advantage Mentoring Program matches alumni with students early in the student’s law school career, often prior to the student’s first year. Mentors provide students with employment assistance, insight into the practice of law, and general knowledge. The mentors serve as “models” that espouse the role of professionalism in dealing with clients, colleagues, the courts, and the community.

Chapman University Fowler School of Law
http://www.chapman.edu/law/alumni/become-mentor.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Program

Chapman University School of Law matches first-year law students with alumni. The alumni are encouraged to meet with the student and expose the student to “the real practice of law.” This includes bringing the student to the attorney’s office, or taking the student to court. The mentor-mentee relationship normally lasts for six months, from early spring to early fall.

Charleston County, SC
http://charlestoncountybar.org/membership/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentor Program


Chicago Federal Bar Association
http://www.fedbarchicago.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

Attorneys are encouraged to participate in a one-year lawyer-to-lawyer Mentoring Program and earn CLE credit equal to the minimum professional responsibility credit during the same two-year period.

Chicago-Kent School of Law
http://alumni.kentlaw.iit.edu/volunteer/mentor-students
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Programs

Chicago-Kent School of Law offers a number of mentoring programs for current law students including the Alumni Advisor Network, Women in Law Mentor Program, Law Review Mentor Program, and the Intellectual Property Law Mentor Program. Each program encourages alumni to provide advice to students regarding legal trends, employment advice, and other general information.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Mentoring Program
https://www.law.csuohio.edu/alumnigiving/mentorprogram
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni association mentoring program

The program matches Cleveland-Marshall graduates who can assist students with adjusting to law school.

Colorado
http://coloradomentoring.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP)

The Colorado Supreme Court in 2013 established the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (“CAMP”) pursuant to Rule 255 C.R.C.P. as a component of the attorney registration system. Through a full-time director CAMP implements one-on-one mentoring programs through local bar associations, inns of courts, law firms, public agencies, and other legal organizations. CAMP offers individual matching in local jurisdictions with no organization sponsored programs. The CAMP Mentoring Resource Center offers mentoring materials to help all mentors and mentees be more effective. CAMP maintains the Colorado Supreme Court Registry of pre-approved mentors. Upon completion of the 12-month CAMP program, both the mentors and mentees are eligible for 15 hours of CLE credit.

Columbia School of Law
http://web.law.columbia.edu/students/student-services/connecting/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Peer Student Group Mentoring

During Orientation, all students are assigned to a peer mentor group.  Groups consist of two to three upper class student leaders and approximately 15 1L students. 

Columbus, OH Bar Association
http://www.cbalaw.org/cba_prod/Main/Resources/Resources_for_Legal_Professionals/Columbus_Bar_inc__incubator__Program/Main/Resources/Legal-Professionals/inc/Index.aspx?hkey=02126ec9-96a1-4408-adc7-dba4b23e2315
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Columbus Bar inc Professional Development Center

The current employment market has created an environment of unprecedented significance for new law school graduates. In an attempt to assist new lawyers, the CBA created Columbus Bar inc. The "inc" is short for "incubator" - a program intended to accelerate the successful development of new lawyers in an environment that provides an array of business support resources. The Columbus Bar Association provides an office facility, equipment, mentoring, training, and specially designed networking opportunities to help new lawyers build a successful practice based on sound business principles. In exchange for the services provided by the Columbus Bar, participants agree to accept at least one pro bono case during their one-year term, creating an additional source for serving the unmet legal needs in central Ohio. The Columbus Bar Association was the first bar association in the country to develop an incubator program for new lawyers interested in establishing a solo law practice. The program has received praise both locally and nationally.

Concordia University School of Law
http://law.cu-portland.edu/academics/experiential-learning/mentorship
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Legacy Mentor Program

Concordia University School of Law pairs each first-year student with an attorney or judge. The mentors provide valuable information regarding the practice of law and expose the students to the fundamental characteristics of attorneys. The program provides a three-step curriculum. The first year introduces students to the practice of law. The second year explains to the students what it means to be an attorney. The third year aides in the students’ transition to practice.

Connecticut
http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ctbar.org/resource/resmgr/Young_Lawyer/Mentoring_Program_flyer.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The program provides every new lawyer newly admitted to the State Bar of Connecticut with meaningful access to an experienced member of the bar, who will provide guidance, direction and advice the new attorney will require during their first year of practice; the customs, usages and unwritten rules of practice, and the ethical and professional values that represent the best traditions and highest aspirations of the legal profession.

Consumer Attorneys' Mentor Program of Los Angeles
https://www.caala.org/index.cfm?pg=mentor
Status:  Ongoing

Consumer Attorneys’ Mentor Program offers new lawyers the opportunity to develop one‐on‐one relationships with accomplished attorneys and benefit from their experience. The program serves as a forum for experienced attorneys to share their wisdom with new lawyers and offer advice and guidance on legal issues, business development, procedural and ethical dilemmas and even office politics.

Contra Costa County Bar Association, CA
http://www.cccba.org/attorney/build-your-practice/volunteer-judicial-mentoring.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Judicial Lawyer Mentoring Program

The Judicial Mentoring Program was established by the Contra Costa Bench/Bar Diversity Committee to provide attorneys contemplating a career on the bench with a structured method of obtaining guidance about how to reach that goal.

Experienced judges will be able to provide valuable feedback and assistance to potential judicial candidates to help them hone the necessary skills for a judicial career.

The Judicial Mentoring Program’s goals are: •To promote diversity on the bench to reflect our community •To facilitate attorneys with diverse backgrounds in pursuing a judicial appointment •To increase the diversity of the judicial applicant pool

Cooley Law School
http://www.cooley.edu/ethics/programs.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring By A Variety of Mentors for Short Periods of Time

Cooley employs the concept of episodic mentoring for ethical and professional development through its Professionalism Portfolio Project. Rather than match individual student protégés with one lawyer for an extended period of time, Cooley encourages students to be mentored by many different lawyers and for short periods of time. Mentoring sessions are focused entirely on ethical and professionalism issues and considerations. This concept of episodic mentoring—based on the notion that protégés can learn a great deal from mentors in as little as 20 minutes, if both parties are focused on mentoring and understand the goal—offers students the advantages of knowing many lawyers, learning the skill of self-mentoring—that is, learning to ask questions that will assist in one’s professional development, getting many viewpoints about professionalism, avoiding an unproductive or incompatible pairing, sharpening communication skills, learning to approach people without an introduction in a way that is welcomed, and attending social and professional events where lawyers are present.

Cornell University School of Law
http://www.lawschool.cornell.edu/publicservice/Call-for-Mentors.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Cornell Law School Alumni Mentoring Network

Cornell Law School’s Alumni Mentoring Network is an informal medium through which alumni communicate with students regarding employment opportunities and general information. Although an informal program, it nonetheless provides students with the ability to seek advice from an alumni mentor.

Cravath, Swain & Moore
http://www.cravath.com/mentoringandtraining/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

The firm’s rotation system establishes a framework in which partners help guide the careers of associates. The system allows associates to form close working relationships with several partners and a mix of associates in different stages of their careers. Practice groups are leanly staffed, so that there are ample opportunities for the associates to collaborate with their partners on each matter to which they are assigned. In parallel with the mentoring that is part of the rotation system, the associates receive mentoring through a formal mentoring program, launched in 2007. The goal of this program is to provide associates with a continuing partner relationship that will offer additional insight, guidance and support throughout the associate’s time at the Firm.

Creighton University School of Law
http://law.creighton.edu/current-students/student-resources/mentorship-program
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentorship Program

This formal mentoring program matches second and third-year law students with experienced local attorneys and judges. The goal of the program is to facilitate the creation of a mentor-mentee relationship that aides in the student’s academic and professional development. Mentees will receive information regarding professionalism, the practice of law, and employment opportunities.

Dallas, TX Bar Association
http://www.dallasbar.org/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Senior Lawyers Mentoring Program

DBA members can volunteer to mentor young lawyers or lawyers in transition; or members can be matched with a seasoned lawyer through this informal program.

Davis, Polk & Wardwell
http://www.davispolk.com/careers/us/training-and-professional-development/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

To provide assistance and encouragement to new lawyers, all associates are assigned an associate mentor and a partner mentor. The associate mentor’s role is to welcome the new associate to the firm, and be available to assist with any introductory issues or questions the new associate may have. After establishing him/herself within a practice area, associates are matched with a partner mentor. Partner mentors meet with associates to discuss work and life at the firm, in particular relating to the associate’s professional experiences and development. In addition, our full-time director of associate development is available to work with each associate at the firm. Our director has over 25 years of experience at Davis Polk and she, together with several other experienced administrators, works with individual associates in all of the practice groups to define and facilitate the optimal progression of each associate in terms of assignments, skills development, client and partner contact, and overall professional development.

Denver, CO Bar Association
http://www.denbar.org/index.cfm/ID/21197/dba/Mentoring-Program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentor Program

The goal of the program is to foster professionalism and assist the mentee with practical everyday problems that are not taught in law school by helping newer lawyers learn the basics of lawyering from more experienced legal practitioners, and bridging the gap between law school and law practice; carefully bringing together lawyers with differing levels of experience for the mutual exchange of information to benefit the participants, the profession and the public; promoting awareness, understanding, appreciation and application of the principles of professionalism.

Depaul University School of Law
http://law.depaul.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/institute-for-advocacy-and-dispute-resolution/Pages/mentoring-programs.aspx
Optional
Status:  Discontinued
Type:  DePaul University School of Law Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program

Initiated by the Institute for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, this suspended program matched students with attorney-mentors. The program included job shadowing for mentees, networking events, and other activities. The mentors provided general employment and academic advice.

Duane Morris
http://www.duanemorris.com/site/associates_mentoring.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  New Lawyer Mentoring Program

At Duane Morris, we believe a formal training and development program is complemented by a strong commitment on the part of senior lawyers to act as mentors to less experienced attorneys. Each associate is assigned a mentor in his or her practice area soon after arriving at the firm. Together, mentors and associates: •prepare professional development plans outlining professional, client development and community involvement goals, •review and schedule available Duane Morris training and activities, •meet formally and informally on an ongoing basis, and •once a year, jointly evaluate the associates' progress, revising and setting new goals for the coming year. Our associates work with lawyers of diverse backgrounds, levels of experience, talents and interests. As they work together, associates naturally develop close relationships with their mentors and other senior lawyers who are able to guide them on work-related matters, professional activities, community service projects, pro bono opportunities and other extra-curricular activities. Associates have the opportunity to interact with exceptional individuals who have contributed significantly to the firm and the community at large. Many of these individuals are members of the firm's governing board and serve as role models to associates who aspire to their own positions of leadership and service.

Duquesne University School of Law
http://law.duq.edu/career-services/student-services/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Program

The Alumni Mentor Program matches current students with recent alumni. The recent alumni discuss the various practices of law, legal markets in specific geographic areas, and daily law practice.

Elon University School of Law
http://www.elon.edu/e/law/professional-development/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Attorney Mentor

There is very little information regarding this program. Each student is assigned an attorney mentor – one of four members of an “individual legal success team.” The attorney mentor provides advice regarding the day-to-day experiences of an attorney.

Elon University School of Law
http://www.elon.edu/e/law/professional-development/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Attorney Mentor

There is very little information regarding this program. Each student is assigned an attorney mentor – one of four members of an “individual legal success team.” The attorney mentor provides advice regarding the day-to-day experiences of an attorney.

Federal Bar Association, Orange County Chapter
http://www.calbar.ca.gov/portals/0/documents/cyla/CYLA-Mentor-Programs.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group/ Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program


Florida
http://www.flayld.org/involved/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  YLD Mentoring Program

The Young Lawyers Division is committed to encouraging lawyers to participate in mentoring programs at the local level. Currently, mentoring programs are established voluntarily by local bar associations, Inns of Court, etc. The YLD's Transition to Practice (T2P) committee is tasked with educating young lawyers about mentoring programs and in encouraging state-wide mentoring programs.

Fordham University School of Law
http://forever.fordham.edu/s/1362/rd/index.aspx?sid=1362&gid=1&pgid=454
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Fordham Mentoring Program

The Fordham Mentoring Program matches each student with an alumnus. The alumni mentor provides career advice and career expertise to the student. Each mentor-mentee pair is guided by the Mentor-Mentee Covenant, the terms of which are tailored to the individual mentors and mentees. Additionally, each mentor-mentee pair attends four “milestone” events throughout the year-long program.

Frost Brown Todd
http://www.frostbrowntodd.com/careers-development.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The attorney mentoring program focuses on helping new associates quickly become integrated into the firm and their individual practice. New associates are assigned two mentors, an associate and a member. Assigned mentors fill the following roles: Host: Welcome new lawyers to the firm and introduce them to legal professionals within their department and throughout the firm and our communities Bridge: Act as a link to the firm for work, support and administrative information Guide: Explain firm issues and unwritten rules of “how we do it here” Teach: Develop associate’s legal and practice skills Coach: Provide feedback, monitor performance and experience, give “stretch” assignments Facilitate: Connect associate with internal resources to address particular issues that may face associate and help them network outside our offices in the community Frost Brown Todd also holds an informal bi-monthly lunch program where two associates are matched randomly with two senior attorneys in each office. This informal mentoring process supplements the formal program and provides an opportunity for internal networking and cross-selling.

Garfunkel Wild, P.C.
http://www.garfunkelwild.com/Recruiting.htm
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Garfunkel Wild, P.C. (“GW”) has created a formal and comprehensive mentoring program (the “Program”). Associates fresh from law school and even more experienced lateral hires are assigned a mentor from among the many experienced attorneys at GW. Mentors assist associates through the early stages of their tenure at GW, meeting regularly in order to ensure that associates become fully adapted to GW and its culture, as well as the high standards a GW attorney is expected to meet and the resources available at GW. The Program is meant to supplement, not supplant, other activities of GW dedicated to the development of its associates. In addition to informal mentoring that occurs through daily interactions among GW attorneys, training is also provided through in-house seminars, departmental meetings, continuing legal education programs conducted by GW and careful supervision by our experienced attorneys. GW also has a program by which attorneys “shadow” experienced attorneys at work-related events such hearings and depositions, and a well-structured evaluation program for advising associates annually of their progress.

George Mason University School of Law
http://www.law.gmu.edu/alumni/volunteer
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

The George Mason University School of Law mentoring program matches experienced alumni with individual students. The mentor is matched based on his or her practice area and employer areas of interest. Mentees are permitted to shadow the mentor and observe trials and/or motions.

Georgetown Law
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/campus-life/student-life/peer-advisor/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentors for Public Interest Law Scholars

Office of Public Interest and Community Service scholars are matched with faculty advisors and attorney mentors who practice in their field of interest. This competitive program selects eight Public Interest Law Scholars from each class of admitted students. PILS provides many opportunities for current PILS to get to know each other, learn from prominent public interest attorneys, and connect with PILS alumni through mentoring relationships and special events.

Georgia
https://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/lawrelatedorganizations/cjcp/mentoring.cfm
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring Program

Lawyer-Law Student: The program provides students contact throughout their law school careers with practicing lawyers and the opportunity to address issues of current concern to the profession and to learn the things they need to know to practice law which they may not learn in the academic setting. The goal is to provide experienced practitioners as mentors for law students to better assure that, as graduates, they will be equipped to deal with the realities of the practice of law, and to understand ethics and professionalism more fully.

Lawyer-Lawyer: The Commission assists the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar, the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Jewish Federation, the Cobb County Bar Association, the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Georgia Indigent Defense Council, and other local and special constituency bar associations in the implementation of mentoring programs in which veteran lawyers make themselves available to newer lawyers for advice and counsel.

Transition into Law Practice: Based on the evaluations of the Pilot Project, the Standards Committee issued a Report and Recommendations for a statewide Mandatory Transition Into Law Practice Program and an Implementation Plan. Both the Board of Governors of the State Bar and the Supreme Court of Georgia approved the Mandatory Transition Into Law Practice Program. Also known as the Mentoring Program, the program is designed to teach the skills, professional values and judgment necessary to practice law in accordance with the highest ideals of the profession.

Gonzaga School of Law
http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/admissions/admitted/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring with Alumni

The Gonzaga Law School Alumni Mentoring program pairs 1L students with local alumnus of Gonzaga Law School. This experience is designed to provide students with insights about the legal profession, the realities of practicing law, and the difficulties and satisfaction of a legal career. The mentor also will be able to offer advice and guidance regarding the Gonzaga Law School experience. The duration of the mentor/mentee relationship is one year, running from January of the student’s first year to January of the student's second year. In late January, the Gonzaga Law School Alumni Association will host a reception where mentors and mentees will be introduced to one another.

Gonzaga University School of Law
http://www.law.gonzaga.edu/students/student-services/alumni-mentor-program/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Program

The Gonzaga University School of Law mentor program matches current first-year students with local and national alumni. The program is geared towards expanding the students’ understanding of the practice of law, instilling professionalism, exposing each student to the “art” of law practice, and providing networking activities. The program is divided into two parts: the first-year mentoring program and the e-mentoring program.

Gray Plant Moody
http://www.gpmlaw.com/join-us/summer-program/summer-associate-mentor-program/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

New associates will be assigned a transitional mentor to help them navigate the initial passage from law school to firm life. The first duties of the transitional mentor are to assign the associate their first substantive legal projects. The transitional mentor will provide the associate with moral support and advice during the first few months at the firm. After associates are at the firm for several months, they are asked to select a principal to be your mentor. This mentor will stay with the associate throughout their time as an associate at Gray Plant Moody and will focus on providing career guidance and ensuring that that mentor has meaningful professional experiences. Mentors are resources for associates to help with monitoring workload, assisting with the completion of annual self-assessments and individual practice plans, and generally advising associates on personal and professional relationships within the firm. The mentor plays a role in the mentees professional evaluations and will help guide them down the path to becoming a principal at the firm.

Hahn Loeser
http://www.hahnlaw.com/Mentoring-Program.aspx
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Each of the firm's associates, after being with the firm for approximately one year, is assigned a senior associate or partner to serve as his long-term mentor. Mentors serve as both a guide and a resource for the young associates as they begin their professional development, and they will encourage their mentees to work with a variety of partners, explore different approaches to working on legal matters, and observe different methods of practice management and types of rainmaking skills. Certain partners in the firm serve as assignment coordinators for their respective practice areas. The role of the assignment coordinator is to regulate workflow and ensure, to the highest extent possible, that all associates have work that will appropriately allow them to build comprehensive and well-rounded legal skills. The practice areas also provide a number of in-house training opportunities. This formal program, combined with Hahn Loeser's open-door atmosphere, provide associates with the teaching and guidance necessary to develop the skills that lead to a successful legal career.

Hartford Bar Association (Connecticut)
http://hartfordbar.org/call-for-new-mentoring-volunteers/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

The Hartford County Bar Association can take great pride in being a leader in creating and administering a volunteer Mentoring Program. Over the past two years we have matched numerous new members of the Bar with experienced practitioners, for the purpose of helping to develop professionalism and civility in our newest members. We have worked closely with the CBA Task Force on mentoring, in an effort to spread the mentoring resource throughout the State. A mentoring program cannot exist, however, without a roster of experienced attorneys willing to serve as Mentors. It does not take a great deal of time or effort to serve as a mentor, but the effect that a mentor can have on a new professional can be immeasurable. In addition, those who have mentored young lawyers report a great sense of professional satisfaction and accomplishment. Indeed they provide a tremendous service to our profession. If you have been in practice for seven years or more, and think you might be able to make a difference in the development of a new member of the bar, please consider volunteering for this program.

Harvard University School of Law
http://hls.harvard.edu/mentoring-at-hls/amicus-for-mentors/#hlsnav-how-to-be-a-mentor
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Amicus for Mentors

The Harvard University School of Law Amicus for Mentors program permits alumni to create a profile on the Amicus database that indicates various topics on which the alumnus would like to advise. The students search the Amicus portal for alumni with whom they want to develop a relationship, and the students subsequently contact the particular attorney with which they desire to develop a mentor-mentee relationship.

Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
http://law.hofstra.edu/currentstudents/yourcareer/3lmentorshipprogram/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  3L Mentorship Pilot Program

The Hofstra University School of Law mentor program offers third-year students, who have yet to procure postgraduate employment, the ability to develop a professional relationship with an alumnus. The goal of the program is to provide third-year students with an opportunity to develop relationships with alumni that will provide insight into the practice of law and career opportunities.

Idaho
http://isb.idaho.gov/member_services/mentorprogram.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The program assists new lawyers in the transition from law school to a successful new practice. Mentees are paired with an experienced lawyer in their local community who has agreed to respond to general questions, give suggestions, and offer guidance about the practical aspects of practicing law.

Illinois 2Civility Mentoring Program
http://www.2civility.org/programs/mentoring/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism's lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program creates an opportunity for lawyers to provide professional guidance and share their judgment and skills with new lawyers. Sponsored by over 75 organizations across Illinois, the Mentoring Program provides a flexible structure for practical learning within the context of the mentoring relationship.

Illinois ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
http://www.isba.org/mentorcenter/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Assistance

The ISBA offers a Commission-Approved Mentoring Program. In this year-long mentoring program, the ISBA uses the Commission developed structured curriculum which pairs experienced lawyers with new lawyers to provide guidance during the first year of practice. Upon successful completion of the curriculum, both the mentor and mentee will be eligible to receive 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Indiana
http://www.inbar.org/?page=mentor_match&hhSearchTerms=%22mentor%22
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The ISBA will help locate a mentor from their database or new attorneys can find a mentor on their own. Once mentees have a mentor, they schedule their first meeting they submit the “Mentoring Agreement” to the ISBA.  Once the individual curriculum is designed for the program to receive your CLE/Ethics/APC Credits, all the features of the program and the curriculum can easily be downloaded from the ISBA website.  The ISBA gives some materials to read for the program. Lastly, when the necessary 6 hours of mentoring time are completed and the mentor and mentee have concluded all four quarters of time and discussion, they can submit the Certificate of Completion signed by the mentor and mentee to receive the appropriate accreditation. 

Jefferson County, Alabama Bar Association
http://10jc.alacourt.gov/mentoring.html
Optional
Status:  Pilot
Type:  Group/ Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Jefferson County, Birmingham Division, is currently piloting a mentoring program for new lawyers in the Birmingham metro area. The goal of the project is to implement a 2-year pilot lawyer-mentoring program that will assist new lawyer participant’s transition from law school to professional law practice by emphasizing proper ethical and professional conduct. Qualifying new lawyers are paired with a mentor for a one-on-one mentoring experience and make a plan by selecting certain topics/activities to complete. New lawyers not qualifying for a one-on-one mentor are able to participate in a group-mentoring alternative. All participating new lawyers will also attend court sessions in order to gain practical insight.

John Marshall
http://news.jmls.edu/uncategorized/mentoring-program-is-newest-cle-option/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The program is available for 1st year/2nd semester students and 2nd year students. It is a three-month commitment with one meeting per month. Appropriate topics for discussion between mentees and mentors are issues of current concern to the profession, the mentor’s approach to ethical and professionalism dilemmas, career goals, types of legal practice, law practice management issues, and quality of life issues in law school and the practice of law. While mentors may be asked for guidance as to locations and types of practice, the program is not meant to serve recruitment or placement needs.

Jones Diversity Group
http://www.jonesdiversity.com/index.php?page=lawServices
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Once diverse talent is attracted, firms must take a proactive role in retaining that talent. A formal mentoring program is one proven way to achieve that goal. We design formal mentoring programs and provide training to both mentors and mentees.

Kaye Scholer
http://www.kayescholer.com/diversity/ks_diversity
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

In 2008, the Firm rolled out a revised mentoring program designed to assist associates' career development and enhance their experience at the Firm. Highlights of the program are:

◾all associates are paired with mentors for a period of at least two years at a time;

◾associates are encouraged to select rather than be assigned mentors;

◾virtually all mentor/mentee communications are confidential.

In addition, there are four Program Coordinators who monitor the mentoring relationships to ensure that mentors and mentees are meeting in a timely fashion, to ensure that the mentor-mentee pairings are appropriate and to evaluate the extent to which the program is functioning successfully.

Latham & Watkins
http://latham.com/joinus/careerTraining
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Latham’s firmwide Mentoring Program is an essential component of an associate’s career development and is designed to facilitate their integration into the firm. In particular, every first-year associate and new lateral associate is matched with a senior attorney mentor, who is available to answer questions about the firm, provide career guidance or simply act as a confidential advisor. Over the years, many of Latham’s associates have developed close professional relationships with their mentors. The firm frequently reassesses the program to ensure it meets our associates' career development needs.

Lawyers Club of San Diego Mentor/Mentee Program
http://www.lawyersclubsandiego.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=520104&hhSearchTerms=%22Mentoring%22
Status:  Ongoing

Some law students have a clear idea of the area of law that they are ultimately interested in, while most are hoping to learn about the practice of law through this introduction to the San Diego legal community. Lawyers Club mentors are pleased to meet a student or recent graduate and share some of their experiences. The program is only as demanding as each pair of mentors and mentees choose to make it, but has consisted of a first‐time meeting for lunch or coffee followed by occasional meetings and primarily correspondence by phone or email. It is valuable for the mentee to have someone to whom they can direct questions about classes, job search, etc. New pairings will be made October and February for the current academic year.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Law School Mentoring Program
http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-school-mentoring/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual and group mentoring

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity's Law School Mentoring Program provides both individual and group mentoring for diverse law students, and provides them with the opportunity to receive advice and support from successful attorneys representing LCLD member organizations.

LeClairRyan
http://www.leclairryan.com/careers/xprGeneralContent2.aspx?xpST=CareersGeneral&key=7d5bce9b-c7e4-4401-8228-697ac58ec078&activeEntry=389a5426-dce1-4431-9a58-5275d2de18a9
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

The Mentoring Program assigns mid-level and senior partner mentors to every associate and junior partner. Recognizing that all lawyers benefit from the guidance and assistance of a more experienced lawyer, the mentoring relationship is expected to continue throughout the attorney’s career at LeClairRyan. The Mentoring Program recognizes that mentees may change mentors throughout their careers as professional relationships develop and the mentees’ needs change over time. Outside consultants are used to periodically train the Firm’s lawyers in how to be effective mentors and mentees. Since almost every attorney in the firm is either a mentor or mentee, or both, all LeClairRyan attorneys attend these training sessions.

Lerman Senter
http://www.lermansenter.com/f-2.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching for Summer Associates

Each summer associate is assigned an associate mentor with whom he or she can discuss legal research issues, firm policy and procedural questions, day-to-day concerns and long-term career goals. In addition, Lerman Senter provides many opportunities for summer associates to get to know and socialize with all members of the firm. First year associates are also initially assigned an associate mentor for their first few months at the firm. As relationships develop with more senior members of the firm, associates generally choose a member to assist them in their further growth and development as attorneys.

Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association Mentorship Program
http://www.lgla.net/student-center/#
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Lawyer Mentoring Program

The purpose of the Mentorship Program is to facilitate the establishment of mentor/ mentee relationships between LGLA member attorneys and local law students. Our mentors provide advice, counsel, and guidance to law students and, thereby, contribute to the development of a strong LGBT legal community. Mentors must be members of LGLA in good standing and attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of California. Judicial officers, or retired attorneys who were once licensed to practice law in the State of California are also eligible to serve as mentors. Ideally, mentors will be able to serve as an ongoing resource for any students to which they are assigned.

Lewis and Clark Law School
http://law.lclark.edu/offices/career_services/mentors/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  First-Year Student Mentorship Program / Upper Division Student Mentorship Program

Lewis and Clark Law School offers two mentoring programs. The first-year student mentorship program matches first-year students with local attorneys. The attorneys advise the students on how to manage competing time commitments, make meaningful career decisions, and develop professionalism. The upper division student mentorship program matches attorneys and students based upon the students’ areas of legal interests or geographic location. The goal of the upper division mentor program is to aid in the transition from law school to practice, permit the student to observe practicing lawyers, and provide students with advice regarding career opportunities.

LGBT Bar Association of New York Mentoring Program
http://le-gal.org/law-student-center/legal-mentoring-program/
Status:  Ongoing

LeGal and NALP's LGBT Section seek to foster professional development of LGBT law students while assisting mentees with navigating some of the unique issues that members of LGBT community may confront during law school and at the beginning of their legal careers.

Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys Association
http://www.caala.org/index.cfm?pg=mentor
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

Current member of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles are eligible for participation in the Mentor Program. Once we receive your enrollment form, you will be assigned a Mentor or Mentee and will be notified via mail with his/her contact information. Mentorships are ultimately based on personal relationships. It takes more than an initial introduction to develop a successful mentor relationship. The mentor and mentee must make a commitment of time to develop the trust and interpersonal relationship that is necessary for a fully engaged mentoring relationship. There are various ways to develop a successful and rewarding mentor relationship.

Louisiana
http://www.lsba.org/sld/TIPMentorApplication.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Transition into Practice (TIP) Voluntary Mentoring Program

As the Supreme Court has formally approved the Transition into Practice Program for new admitees commencing in January, 2015, the LSBA through its Committee on the Profession is implementing the program now. It will be available to those admitted into practice in 2014 in Baton Rouge, Shreveport and greater New Orleans. The program will match one mentor with a mentee. Steps are now underway to have prospective mentors sign up. Further information about the program and mentor qualifications can be obtained from the web site or contacting the Committee’s chair Barry Grodsky at 504-599-8535. Even if a prospective mentor does not live or practice in these areas they are still encouraged to sign up as the goal is to soon have the program available state wide. Mentors as will also receive CLE credit for their participation. This is an excellent opportunity to assist a newly admitted attorney and the bar certainly appreciates all volunteers.

Loyola Law School at Los Angeles Student & Alumni Mentoring Program
http://www.lls.edu/resources/alumni/volunteer/mentoringprogram/
Status:  Discontinued
Type:  Student and alumni mentoring program

The program matches law students with attorney mentors who may provide guidance and share experience.

Loyola University Chicago School of law
http://www.luc.edu/law/centers/advocacy/mentors.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The 1LAlumni Mentoring program helps students achieve greater academic success during their law school experience. The program seeks to expand first year students' knowledge beyond the classroom by providing opportunities for alumni to share personal insight and experiences with students, as well as to provide a positive mentoring and professional relationship. 

Loyola – New Orleans School of Law
http://www.loyno.edu/lawcareers/be-mentor
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Program

The Loyola – New Orleans School of Law mentor program connects alumni with current students. There is little information regarding this program.

Marquette University School Law School
http://law.marquette.edu/marquette-lawyers/alumni-mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

The Marquette University School of Law alumni mentoring program matches alumni with students based on the student’s desired practice area. The program is aimed at introducing students to the legal community, helping the students develop strong networking and communication skills, and providing the students with practical professional and ethical advice. The program is open to second and third-year students.

Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc.
http://www.marylandprofessionalism.org/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Court of Appeals Mentoring Program

The Maryland Court of Appeals has replaced Maryland's previous mentoring program for this one-on-one learning experience for new lawyers. Newly minted attorneys are matched with established attorneys based on location and interests. The program also lends a helping hand to those attorneys who are seeking a career outside the practice of law. The Center boasts of a professionalism course for freshly admitted attorneys, experienced attorneys, and a judicial training course for judges and other courthouse personnel.

Massachusetts
http://www.massbar.org/for-attorneys/mentor-circles
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance Via Telephone

The program offers Massachusetts Bar Association members the opportunity to speak with an experienced attorney for advice. Mentors are MBA members who are knowledgeable practitioners, in good standing, have practiced law for more than seven years and have volunteered to advise other attorneys on selected legal topics.

Memphis, TN Bar Association
http://www.memphisbar.org/build-your-practice/mentoring-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance


Mentor Program of the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
http://kabasd.org/index.php/mentorship/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer/ Law Student Mentoring Program

Bar Association of San Diego has a mentoring program to provide guidance and connections within the San Diego legal community for law students and young lawyers.  If you are a lawyer with more than two years of experience you can become a mentor. KBA-SD will match up a potential mentor with each mentee based on experience, interests, and practice area.  The mentee will be responsible for making initial contact with their mentor, and arranging a meeting over coffee or lunch.  Subsequent meeting and communications will be mutually agreed upon between the mentor and mentee.

Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association, VA
http://mrwba.org/bar-resources/mentor-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Student/Lawyer Mentoring Program

The MRWBA continues its long tradition of mentoring Women Law Students Association members at the University of Richmond School of Law. Last year over 40 students requested mentors. MRWBA also matches new attorneys with seasoned attorney mentors for a year. Each year, participants in the program are invited to a fall reception with the Women Law Students Association at the University of Richmond and a spring reception hosted by MRWBA. Mentors can also bring student mentees to monthly MRWBA luncheons at the discounted member rate.

Michigan
http://www.michbar.org/programs/mentorcenter
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  State Bar of Michigan Mentoring Center

Participation is completely voluntary and the scope of the relationship is up to the parties. In a typical relationship, mentors will agree to approximately 6 meetings (for a total of about 9 hours) over the course of one year. Common areas of focus include professional development, ethics, law office management, client communication, and the legal community.

Michigan Law Organization of Public Interest Students
http://students.law.umich.edu/opis/about.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring By Students for Students

OPIS organizes a mentoring program to help put 1Ls interested in public interest in contact with 2Ls and 3Ls for the purpose of providing advice and guidance in starting a public interest career.

Michigan State University
http://www.law.msu.edu/alumni/mentor/index.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring by Alumni for Students

The Alumni Mentor Program pairs MSU College of Law students with alumni who provide tutorial support, personal encouragement, and professional guidance. This program is a partnership of MSU College of Law Alumni Association and the Office of Student Affairs, with support from Career Services and other departments.

Middlesex County Bar Association, NJ
http://www.mcbalaw.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=12
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance

The MCBA provides a list of mentors for the New Brunswick, NJ area.

Mitchell Hamline School of Law
http://mitchellhamline.edu/alumni/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Recent Alumni and First-Year Mentoring Program

Mitchell Hamline School of Law offers mentoring programs to first-year students and recent alumni. First-year students have the opportunity to be paired with a recent alumni attorney. The alumni attorney focuses on ensuring the first-year student will be successful in his or her academic endeavors and providing any advice regarding the student’s future as a lawyer.

Nebraska Women's Bar
http://www.nebraskawomensbar.org/id11.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

The NWBA provides one-on-one mentoring with a practicing attorney. The matching assistance is provided by the association.

Nevada
http://www.nvbar.org/tip/faq#Is%20the%20Transitioning%20into%20Practice%20program%20mandatory?
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

All newly admitted members of the State Bar of Nevada must participate in “Transitioning into Practice” unless exempt or deferred. New lawyers must enroll in the TIP program by filing the enrollment form within four weeks after admission to the bar. Unless otherwise arranged, all new lawyers will begin the next available program cycle following their admission to the bar. There are three ways that mentors will be identified for new lawyers. If a newly admitted lawyer is hired by a firm or organization, their employer may assign a senior associate to serve as their mentor. The second option is for a new lawyer to select a mentor from the published list of Supreme Court-appointed mentors or seek out a respected member of the bar and ask if they are willing to serve as a mentor (in this latter instance, the Mentor will be provisionally approved pending their appointment by the Supreme Court). In the event that a new lawyer’s choice of Mentor is not available, the bar will match the new attorney with a mentor based principally on geographical and practice area.

New England Law School
http://www.nesl.edu/admitted/mentorship.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Group Law Student Mentoring Program

To help ease this adjustment first-year students may enroll in the mentorship program, which provides incoming students with the support and guidance needed to succeed in their new environment. Each year, returning New England Law students volunteer to assist and mentor first-year students. To ensure a smooth transition for incoming students, mentors contact their mentees prior to the first day of orientation. Beginning in June, incoming students receive the Mentorship Program Welcome Letter in the mail from the Student Bar Association president. The information provided on the form is used solely to best match mentor and mentee.

New Hampshire
http://www.nhbar.org/uploads/pdf/MentorProgramBooklet.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Principle goals of the program are to promote professional development and provide assistance regarding ethical, practical and professional issues and concerns; helping support lawyers with their transition into the New Hampshire legal community, and promoting positive relationships among members of the Bar Association. Mentors and mentees are matched by the program.

New Jersey Law Firm Group
http://www.njlawfirmgroup.org/Mentoring/tabid/66/Default.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The program is designed to match interested, diverse law students attending one of New Jersey's three law schools with mentors from some of the top New Jersey law firms and legal organizations. Mentors serve as a resource for the student while they complete law school, navigate the recruitment process, and search for career options and opportunities. The mentor’s role includes reviewing and critiquing the student’s resume and cover letter, helping the student select an appropriate writing sample, discussing interview skills, and advising the student of career options and job strategies. The student’s role is to communicate with his or her mentor and to be available and prepared for meetings.

New York Law School
http://www.nyls.edu/career_planning/for-alumni/get-involved-with-students/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Get Involved with Students

Hundreds of NYLS alumni actively help those who are following in their footsteps. Join their ranks in one (or more) of several ways: Ask-an-Attorney: Students have access to a database of attorneys who have offered to speak with New York Law School students to discuss such topics as the attorney’s career path, résumés, cover letters, and practice area options. Practice Area Forums: Attorneys from the same practice area are invited to campus to speak with students about that practice area in a table-talk style that fosters meeting many different people. Students come away with a heightened understanding of that practice area as well as a deeper sense of the different settings—law firm, in-house, government agency, public interest organization—where attorneys can practice that area of law. Lunch with a Lawyer: Each week during the fall and spring semesters, attorneys in different practice areas host a lunch for eight to 10 students. These small lunch meetings offer students the opportunity to learn about a practice area and a meet a potential advisor in a more intimate setting.

Nixon Peabody
http://www.nixonpeabody.com/summersabout.aspx?show=123610
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Summer Associate Mentoring & Training Program

The emphasis of our summer program is to provide law students with a realistic view of life as an associate at Nixon Peabody. You will be provided with the opportunity to learn skills through a combination of training programs and mentoring. We provide our summer associates with training in practical business skills, ranging from setting goals and building personal networks to time management and workplace etiquette. Every summer associate is paired with at least one mentor to provide guidance before, during and after the summer program.

North Carolina
http://www.ncbar.org/about/ncba-mentorship-program.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The goal of the program is to help the entire legal profession by assisting young lawyers develop good character, competence, and a deeper appreciation for the responsibilities of the profession. The program offers two distinct mentoring opportunities. The first is the more traditional approach in which a new lawyer and a more experienced lawyer develop an ongoing relationship, wherein the mentor guides the mentee through the many pitfalls associated with early practice. The second branch of the program is the situational mentoring initiative.

Northeastern University School of Law
http://www.northeastern.edu/law/alumni/stay-connected/mentoring.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni & Student Professional Network Mentoring Program

The Northeastern University School of Law mentoring program encourages students to request a mentor through the University’s Symplicity portal. In this portal, alumni mentors will create profiles that provide general information about the particular attorney. Each student is then able to request a mentor based on the particular interests.

Northern Illinois University College of Law
http://www.niu.edu/mentor/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

This program will allow alumni and friends of the College of Law to provide both professional and personal assistance to our incoming students during their first year of studies. Law school is a significant transition for students, with new ways of learning, thinking, speaking, and working. This transition can be even more challenging to our students who are the first in their families to go to law school and do not have someone to ask questions of along the way. 

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
http://www.law.nova.edu/career/mentoring/index.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  NSU Law Mentoring Program

NSU Law Mentoring aims to help prepare students for the practice of law by encouraging mentors to provide practical advice to mentees. The aims of the program are to help mentees plan for the transition from law student to lawyer, including time management skills and goal-setting, create and maintain a mentoring relationship with a colleague, understand strategies, manage clients, cases, projects, and employees, and prepare practice techniques. The program places mentees in a group rather than a one-on-one mentor-mentee match.

Oakland County, CA Bar Association
http://www.ocba.org/events/motion-day-mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentor Matching Assistance

The program helps new attorneys graduating from law school to learn professional skills and direct them towards achieving their goals. Members of the OCBA who join the Mentor Program can help new attorneys fresh out of law school to learn the ropes and steer their career in the right direction. The process is simple: Once you inquire about becoming a mentor, you will be required to complete a mentor registration form and then be included on our mentor list. When new attorneys call to request a mentor, we will match the mentor's field to the mentee's request and send letters to both parties.

Ohio
http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/AttySvcs/mentoring/default.asp
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program links experienced attorneys with new lawyers who have recently been admitted to the practice of law. Mentors and new lawyers meet in person six times during the course of a year to discuss topics and engage in activities they select from a mentoring plan. Upon completion of the program, mentors receive CLE credit and new lawyers receive required new lawyer training credit.

Ohio State University School of Law
http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/programs/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring and More @ Moritz

Mentoring and More @ Mortiz pairs groups of three to five students with roughly two mentors. The mentors provide the mentees with insight and advice into the practice of law. Each mentee group and mentor attends luncheons, speaking events, and a number of other activities that address issues and current trends in the legal market.

Ohio Women's Bar Association
http://owba.org/mentoringprogram
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance For Female Law Students

The OWBA Law School Mentor Program matches women attorneys with women law school students from area law schools. Mentors are drawn statewide from the OWBA membership.

Oklahoma City University School of Law
http://law.okcu.edu/?alumnipages=career-mentor-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Oklahoma City University School of Law Career Mentor Program

The Oklahoma City University School of Law Career Mentor Program is geared towards providing current students with general career advice. Although focused on career development, mentors contribute insight and career-based information, the mentors are encouraged to give professional development guidance and honest interpretations of various practice areas.

Orange County, CA Bar Association
http://www.mentorondemand.org/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Virtual New Lawyer Mentoring Videos

The Mentor on Demand (MOD) program is the first of its kind in California and was developed exclusively for OCBA Young Lawyers Division members. The MOD program gives YLD members free online access to a virtual mentor 24/7. The Mentor on Demand Committee's goal is to supplement traditional face to face mentoring with virtual mentoring that is accessible wherever and whenever the young lawyer can find the time. The efforts resulted in the creation and launch of Mentor on Demand, a series of virtual on-demand mentoring videos consisting of ten minutes or less.

Oregon
http://www.osbar.org/programs/mentoring
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The New Lawyer Mentoring Program will formalize a process that for many decades took place organically, through connections forged at law firms and other close-knit bar communities. As the Oregon bar has grown, the process of introducing new lawyers to the legal community, and guiding them through the transition to law practice, has grown more amorphous. The NLMP offers new bar members one-on-one guidance on elements of a highly competent practice, while promoting the professionalism, civility and collegiality that make Oregon among the best places in the country to practice law. The program is loosely modeled on programs in Georgia and Utah, which have received accolades for giving all new bar members meaningful access to experienced lawyers and a well-developed mentoring program in their first year. The Oregon model emphasizes a flexible approach in which mentors and new lawyers take the core curriculum and shape it to best meet the needs of the new lawyer.

Pennsylvania State University School of Law
http://pennstatelaw.psu.edu/penn-state-law/student-life/minority-mentor-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Minority Mentor Program

First-year minority students who wish to participate in the program are matched with a particular mentor based on various criteria such as the student’s area of interest and geographic connections. The mentors are either internal mentors – i.e. Penn State Law faculty or senior administrators – or alumni of Penn State Law. Mentors are to provide general advice to the mentees in order to ensure the mentees academic success and successful transition into the legal profession.

Pepper Hamilton LLP
http://www.pepperlaw.com/careers/Associate_Positions.aspx
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Associate professional development begins the day associates walk through the door. The Associate Mentor Program matches first-year associates with more senior associates who help them make a smooth transition into their practice groups and the firm. Associate mentors in this program make a one-year commitment to help a new associate “learn the ropes” during his or her first year at Pepper. Associates also participate in the firm’s Partner Mentor Program, in which partners offer their associate protégés candid feedback and coaching, professional insight, and opportunities to guide and support the associates’ performance and overall professional development. Professional development planning is an important aspect of the mentoring process.

Pepperdine School of Law
http://law.pepperdine.edu/parris-institute/mentors/default.htm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The Pepperdine Mentoring Program seeks to build an environment in which our students and alumni can work together to combine academic study, public service, and their various talents and skills to develop effective public leaders that will strengthen theirs and our community.

Philippine American Bar Association Mentorship Program
http://pabala.org/
Status:  Ongoing

The Philippine American Bar Association (PABA) of Los Angeles was formed in response to expressed interests in addressing the legal issues confronting the Pilipino‐American community as well as meeting the professional concerns of Pilipino‐American lawyers in Southern California. PABA sponsors community legal clinics focusing on various areas of the law and provides pro bono legal services. In addition PABA provides continuing legal education seminars and professional development opportunities for its members, and assists Pilipino‐American law students through its scholarship fund and mentorship program.

Practicing Attorneys for Law Students
http://www.palsprogram.org/index.php/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing

The PALS program is dedicated to enhancing the skills and careers of minority law students and early career attorneys. PALS offers customized mentoring, educational, and professional development opportunities.

Reed Smith
http://www.reedsmith.com/eme/munich/why_reed_smith/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  New Associate Mentoring Program

Each associate is given a partner as a mentor. Together you discuss your development, preferred assignments in or to practice groups, which training or seminars to attend, etc. Also, regular evaluations help to gauge your progress.

Rhode Island Women's Bar Association
http://riwba.com/committees/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer/ Law Students Mentor Matching Assistance

The RIWBA mentoring program is an opportunity for more experienced members to pass along their experience and help build not only the future of the organization, but also the future of the profession.

Rinke Noonan
http://www.rinkenoonan.com/careers/mentor-program/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Rinke Noonan’s informal mentoring program is designed to assist associates to develop the expertise, productivity, marketing skills, work habits, judgment, ethical behavior, and cooperative relationships that Rinke Noonan expects its attorneys to demonstrate. Mentors coach and support associates who are expected to quickly move toward independence in their practices and client relationships.

Rutgers School of Law
http://camlaw.rutgers.edu/mentoring-programs
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentor matching Assistance

Rutgers Camden participates in several mentoring programs that provide students with the opportunity to be matched with an attorney in a specific practice area/setting, geographic location, or with a specific type of employer. The programs include NJ Law Firm Group 1L Mentoring, the Alumni Mentor Network, and Partners in Professionalism.

Samford University Cumberland School of Law
http://www.samford.edu/cumberlandlaw/mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Student Success Mentoring Program

The Student Success Mentoring Program pairs alumni with current students. The program provides students the opportunity to learn about professionalism and the skills necessary to succeed in the practice of law. Similar to other mentoring programs, each mentor-mentee is matched based on a student’s interest, geographic preference, and the alumni’s area of practice and location. The program lasts for one year.

San Antonio, TX Bar Association
http://www.sanantoniobar.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=16
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question/ Answer Assistance for Law Students

The mentoring committee is composed of experienced lawyers who have volunteered to mentor attorneys with practice-related problems. These may include issues such as communication problems with clients, office management skills, professional and ethical issues, time management strategies, as well as specific issues related to that mentor's areas of practice. The committee also matches attorneys with law students at St. Mary's in San Antonio.

San Diego County Bar Association
https://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=MentorProgram
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentor Matching Assistance

The program offers third year law students an opportunity to connect with practicing attorneys. It pairs students with practicing attorneys with at least two years experience. The pairs will be matched based on professional and personal interests and the program is designed to give students insight into aspects of everyday legal practice.

Seventh Circuit Bar Association, IL
http://www.7thcircuitbar.org/?page=Copyof211b&hhSearchTerms=%22mentor%22
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  New Lawyer Mentoring

Conscious of that cynicism, the Seventh Circuit Bar Association strives to provide identifiable, tangible benefits to its members. For instance, it recently rolled out to its members the results of its E-Mentoring Project, the result of hours of work by the Association’s Young Lawyer’s Committee. The project features video discussions with more than 45 judges and experienced trial lawyers from around the circuit, offering the benefits of their years of experience for younger lawyers. The e-mentoring project received recognition in the August 2010 edition of the ABA Journal. Access to these very helpful, insightful video clips is limited to members of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association. In the same vein, the Association produces a publication called The Circuit Rider, the Editor-in-Chief of which is Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole of the Northern District of Illinois. The Circuit Rider is a compilation of articles written by lawyers and judges on topics of interest to those who practice in the courts of the Seventh Circuit. It’s really a high-quality product that also is available only to those who belong to the Seventh Circuit Bar Association.The Association for over a year now also has been actively working with Chief Judge James Holderman and Magistrate Judge Nan Nolan, both of the Northern District of Illinois, on a project aimed at developing principles that will make the discovery of electronic information more efficient, less expensive, less contentious, and more sensible. The E-Discovery Program has been underway for over a year and is now entering its second phase. It, too, is receiving national recognition, including an article in the National Law Journal. The association is pleased to be intimately involved in leading the way on this important issue that has changed the landscape in the way in which cases are litigated.

Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett
http://www.simpsonthacher.com/sitecontent.cfm?contentID=24&itemID=244
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Incoming associates across practice groups and offices are formally assigned a partner and associate mentor.  In addition, incoming associates in Corporate and Litigation departments in New York, together with their mentors, are organized in small mentoring groups.  Mentoring groups meet periodically in social settings over the course of the associates' first year of practice.

SMU Dedman School of Law
https://mustangexchange.chronus.com/about
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Online Mentoring By Alumni For Students

The E-Mentor Directory is a listing of SMU Law alumni who are available to advise students on practice trends, geographic areas, and other career-related topics via email.  The time commitment could be a brief response to a student inquiry or ongoing supportive guidance.  As a mentor, in addition to helping current students avoid some of the pitfalls and perils commonly faced by new lawyers, mentors stay connected to the Law School and develop a chain of contact with students and alumni that can be both personally and professionally rewarding. As a student seeks career counseling and needs specialized advice, our counselors would like to be able to give the student an email contact of a graduate who is more experienced. 

South Asian Bar Association of Southern California
http://www.sabasc.org
Status:  Ongoing

The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (“SABA‐SC”) is dedicated to the advancement and development of young attorneys and law students. Through our mentorship program, we strive to help new lawyers and law students see the “forest through the trees.”  We assist newcomers to the legal industry find not only mentors, but point them in the direction of groups they can join to make their transition into the practice of law as easy as possible.  Mentors and mentees are matched up based on areas of law that the mentors are practicing in and that the mentees have an interest in entering.  Other considerations for pairings are geographic location, number of years practicing, size of firm and participating in volunteer activities.  Our mentorship begins with an initial gala event created to introduce prospective mentors to mentees, which is then followed up with a series of panel sessions and mixers used to educate law students about various pressing issues within the practice.   SABA‐SC’s goal is simple and to the point, “Pay it forward.”   As a group, we try to give back all the sage advice that was passed along to us throughout the years. There is no group that cares more for its law students than the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.

South Carolina
http://www.commcle.org/MentoringProgram.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

Following successful lawyer mentoring pilot programs and the establishment of Rule 425, SCACR, the Supreme Court of South Carolina has ordered a permanent and mandatory mentoring program for all newly admitted lawyers. The mandatory program, administered by the Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization, requires one- on -one or group mentoring for every new qualifying lawyer on nine separate areas important to successful, ethical practice. Law firms or offices may be certified to mentor their own new associates. The year-long program must be completed in a timely manner and the new lawyer and mentor must certify completion. Mentors must be active members of the SC Bar or persons who have taken retired or inactive status within the preceding two years. Mentors must have at least five years of experience in the active practice of law and must not have a history of grievances. The Commission may assist new lawyers in the appointment of mentors. Mentors receive 4.00 hours of CLE credit, of which 2.00 shall constitute ethics CLE credit.

Southwestern Law School
http://www.swlaw.edu/studentservices/studentlife/studentbar/studentorg/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

Southwestern's Student Mentor Program, sponsored by the SBA, can be best described as a student support network that assists new students with the transition into the law school environment. Through the program, first-year students are matched with upper division students who provide guidance and helpful hints on surviving the first year of law school. All students are encouraged to participate in the program. The Alumni Resource Network assists continuing students with the transition from student to lawyer. Over 450 alumni participate in the program, which provides students with an opportunity to contact and network with alumni in specific practice and/or geographic areas. Alumni offer advice on networking opportunities, career matters, and expertise in particular areas of practice. This program also allows students to become acquainted with some of the finer aspects of lawyering by developing relationships with alumni already involved in the legal arena. These alumni are willing to share both their educational and professional experiences with students and can be a valuable source of information and guidance.

St. Louis University School of Law
http://www.slu.edu/Documents/law/Careers/SLUMentorProgramGuide.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

The mentor program matches law students who have completed their first year of law school with St. Louis University Law alumni. The one year program matches mentors and mentees based on shared interests and preferences. Each pair is required to meet six times during the duration of the program, one of which should be a shadowing opportunity for the mentee. The mentor is to explain the various types of law practice, provide networking advice and demonstrate to the mentee practical legal skills.

St. Thomas University School of Law (Florida)
http://www.netflix.com/watch/70145865?trackId=200257859
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

St. Thomas Law mentoring program pairs alumni of the law school with one or two current students. The alumni and students are matched based on students’ career interests. There is little additional information regarding the program.

Stanford Public Interest Mentoring Program
http://www.law.stanford.edu/program/centers/pip/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group Mentoring

Stanford Law faculty members who participate in the Stanford Public Interest and Public Policy Faculty Mentor Program provide students with specialized guidance in immigrants' rights, public policy, government, criminal law, labor law, international law, education law, and other practice areas. Many of them also participate in our special mentoring program for first-year students. This program creates small groups of first-year students and matches them with a faculty member and a Public Interest Fellow. Many Stanford Law alumni are happy to talk to students about their work. Public interest alumni, particularly recent graduates and younger professionals, can identify with the excitement and struggles students feel in committing to the public service path.

State University of New York At Buffalo School of Law
http://www.law.buffalo.edu/cso/current/mentor-programs.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  National Career Network (“NCN”) Mentor Program

NCN Mentor Program is a national program aimed at helping law students and recent graduates transition into practice. Alumni volunteers from across the country speak with students on a one-to-one basis. The mentor provides general information regarding the realities of law practice, practice settings and geographic locations. Although focused on career development, mentors nonetheless provide valuable information regarding professionalism and ethical practices.

Sturm College of Law (University of Denver)
http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/professional-mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring With Practicing Attorney

The Professional Mentoring Program offers every entering first year law student the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with a practicing lawyer or judge. Students and mentors are matched by interest areas, and they participate in a series of practice oriented discussions during the first year of law school. Absent unusual circumstances, students retain the same mentor throughout their law school careers. The formal mentoring program ultimately will continue beyond law school, and mentors and students will continue their contact with each other as student’s transition from law school to practice.

Suffolk University School Of Law
http://www.suffolk.edu/law/alumni.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Opportunities

Be a mentor, provide career guidance, participate in events, and find other ways to support Suffolk Law with your time.

Sullivan & Worcester
http://www.sandw.com/careers-prodev.html
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

To support the special needs of first year associates, S&W pairs each first year with a second or third year associate to help acclimate them to the firm and acts as a resource. This relationship officially lasts one year. S&W also does lateral mentoring where the mentor serves as a resource for the lateral associate’s particular needs, and is a supplement to the Board of Advisors program. Everyone needs mentors, regardless of where they are in their career, which is why S&W has an ongoing mentoring program. S&W’s many training programs and career development initiatives are designed to facilitate the sort of meaningful relationship-building that is essential for the formation of true mentoring relationships. The structured approach to work brokering means that you have a chance to build working relationships with a variety of senior colleagues.

Tennessee
http://www.tba.org/programs/mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

During the mentoring experience, lawyers would be able to explore issues of professionalism, client and practice management, legal ethics, professional and leadership development, life balance and well-being, and pro bono/charitable work. The mentoring pair are required to complete exercises associated with the proposed eight core topics and any number of elective topics in its plan. Progress reports would be filed with the TBA, with CLE credit to be awarded at the completion of the program.

Texas
http://www.texasbar.com/AM/PrinterTemplate.cfm?Section=Transition_to_Practice
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program is targeted to lawyers in their first several years of licensure. Newly-licensed lawyers are matched with more experienced attorneys who volunteer to participate in the project. Mentoring covers many areas, including law practice management, effective client representation, pro bono opportunities, career development, and other aspects of successfully practicing law. Every other month, a group meeting of all participants takes place with programming planned around one or more specific mentoring topics. During alternate months, mentors and mentees meet in small groups or one-on-one.

Texas Southern University School of Law
http://www.tsulaw.edu/alumni/programs.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Career Services Mentoring

Texas Southern offers current students with the ability to speak with an alumnus regarding career development and networking. There is little information regarding this program.

The University of Akron School of Law

Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring Matching for Second-Year Students

The University of Akron School of Law Mentoring Program matches members of the Akron Bar Association with second-year law students. Lawyer mentors are to provide practical knowledge and guidance to the mentees. Additionally, the mentors and mentees participate in a number of selected activities, including shadowing a lawyer, attending bar association meetings, and visiting a courthouse.

The University of Albany School of Law
http://www.albanylaw.edu/alumni-overview/get-involved/Pages/mentoring.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring for First-Year Students

The Alumni Initiative in Mentoring (“AIM”) program is geared towards providing first-year law students with guidance to succeed professionally and academically. The program, which matches recent alumni with first-year students, aims to improve the student’s experience.

Touro Law
http://www.tourolaw.edu/cso/docs/MentorProgramBrochure.pdf
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Alumni Mentoring

The Touro Law Center Alumni Mentoring Program is designed to assist law students in the transition from law school to successful law practice. The Program matches students and alumni as closely as possible, based upon practice area, employer type and geographical location preferences. The volunteer alumni lawyers have offered to respond to general questions and give suggestions where appropriate about practical aspects of the practice of law and how to break into and succeed in particular practice areas

Tucker Ellis & West
http://www.tuckerellis.com/careers/mentoring-training
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

Each senior attorney has made a commitment to successful mentorship of Associates, recognizing that such a commitment is one of the essential cornerstones for maintaining a high level of service for the clients of the firm and for the career satisfaction of the Associates. The professional growth and development of Associates is necessarily a shared responsibility, as it requires both an unhesitating commitment by each senior attorney to manage his or her practice and client relationships in a manner designed to ensure maximum acquisition by each Associate of the substantive skill set necessary to transition our client relationships to the next generation of TEW lawyers, and an unhesitating commitment by each Associate to actively seek to acquire and maintain that substantive skill set.

Tulane University School of Law
http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsLifeAfterLS/index.aspx?id=1480
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni-Student Mentoring

Volunteer mentors include alumni from around the country and abroad. The mentors share knowledge regarding the legal market, employment trends, and general developments within the profession.

UC Hastings
http://www.uchastings.edu/career-office/students/mentor/index.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The Alumni Mentor Program is available to currently enrolled students. In order to meet individual needs, the program offers considerable flexibility. Many students are not yet sure how they intend to use their law degree and find the program helps them explore a variety of career options. Students who already have plans to specialize in a specific practice area often use the program to meet practitioners in that field and learn more about the real world outside of law school. Others consult with mentors for practical advice on the job search process, and use the mentor program as a networking resource.

UC Irvine
http://www.law.uci.edu/campus-life/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring

Mentoring UCI Law offers a variety of mentoring opportunities. It is important to be connected to your fellow classmates and attorneys in the community, so we encourage you to participate in these programs. Community Fellows The Community Fellows program was created to assist first-year students with the transition to law school and the culture at UC Irvine School of Law. During new student orientation, each first-year student is matched up with a team of two to three upper-class Community Fellows that will be a source of support and guidance throughout the first year. No question is too big or small. Community Fellows can offer perspective on class preparation, outlining, exam preparation, job search, co-curricular activities, social life in Orange County and life/work balance. The Community Fellows will also host a variety of small gatherings and large events to connect first-year students with the larger campus community. Local Attorneys During the fall semester of 1L year, The Development Office pairs our students with local attorneys, based on interests and fit. This is a great way to begin the networking process! SBA Mentors The Student Bar Association runs a mentoring program that matches 1Ls up with an upper level student. These mentors are ideal for a one-on-one setting and are happy to support 1L students both academically and socially.

UCLA
http://www.law.ucla.edu/alumni/giving-back/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

Entering law students may request to be assigned to a law alumnus who has volunteered to mentor. The program pairs each interested student with an alum who is willing to share his/her insights into the professional world and offer practical advice about UCLA School of Law. Although the mentor and student structure the program, each mentor has agreed to have some form of contact with his or her student at least three or four times during the year. In turn, each student participant must agree to proactively contact his or her mentor and respond promptly to all outreach efforts made by the mentor.

University of Arizona School of Law
https://law.arizona.edu/centers-affiliates
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  1L Attorney Mentoring Program

Area attorneys may apply to be mentors for 1Ls.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
http://ualr.edu/law/be-a-mentor/; http://ualr.edu/law/get-a-mentor/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring for First-Year Students

Beginning in 2013, the Professional Mentor Program (“PMP”) has matched a member of the entering first-year class with an attorney or judge. The four objectives of PMP are: (1) to foster the highest levels of professionalism for students and mentors; (2) help students develop the relationship skills necessary for professional success in any employment context; (3) make sure every student has a better sense of the strengths he or she brings to the profession, a plan for achieving his or her professional goals, and an effective resume and cover and letter; and (4) equip students to deepen and broaden their own professional competencies by emphasizing the importance of self-directed learning as students and as lawyers. PMP is designed to both instill the principles of professionalism in each student and provide valuable knowledge regarding the practice of law.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
http://ualr.edu/law/be-a-mentor/; http://ualr.edu/law/get-a-mentor/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring for First-Year Students

Beginning in 2013, the Professional Mentor Program (“PMP”) has matched a member of the entering first-year class with an attorney or judge. The four objectives of PMP are: (1) to foster the highest levels of professionalism for students and mentors; (2) help students develop the relationship skills necessary for professional success in any employment context; (3) make sure every student has a better sense of the strengths he or she brings to the profession, a plan for achieving his or her professional goals, and an effective resume and cover and letter; and (4) equip students to deepen and broaden their own professional competencies by emphasizing the importance of self-directed learning as students and as lawyers. PMP is designed to both instill the principles of professionalism in each student and provide valuable knowledge regarding the practice of law.

University of Baltimore
http://law.ubalt.edu/career/students/currentstudents/mentoring.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring by Alumni for Students

As part of the Legal Professional Development Institute (LPDI), the 30 Minute Mentoring Program offers you the opportunity to get trained in how to conduct an informational interview, and then practice what you learn in the real world. After attending the required training session, you will be able to pick two attorneys from a list of volunteer '30 Minute Mentors' and have informational interviews with them at their offices. An informational interview is a chance to learn about different practice areas and settings, the day-to-day responsibilities and activities of lawyers, and other professionalism-related matters so that you can develop and refine your job search strategy. In the process, you will also develop relationships in the legal community and build your vitally important professional network.

University of Buffalo
http://www.law.buffalo.edu/cso/current/mentor-programs.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring Events

Led by our most dedicated members, this program is designed to help law students and recent graduates make the transition from law school to the legal community. Mentoring events are held throughout the year in a number of locations, such as Rochester, New York and Washington, DC.

University of California – Berkeley School of Law
http://www.law.berkeley.edu/alumni/alumni-services/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentors

The University of California – Berkeley School of Law offers current students the ability to reach out to alumni. The alumni offer employment advice, interview counseling, and other services. The alumni are also able to provide information on various practice areas and legal trends.

University of California – Davis School of Law
http://law.ucdavis.edu/alumni/volunteer-opportunities/student-outreach.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentors

The University of California – Davis School of Law provides alumni with the opportunity to mentor current students. The alumni mentors provide professional advice, employment guidance, and general expertise. The alumni mentors are encouraged to develop a networking relationship with the student to help the student achieve his or her goals.

University of Chicago
http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/organizations/handbook/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring By Students for Students

Many student organizations seek to network with attorneys and other professionals who share similar interests or backgrounds. While the Law School encourages the development of mentoring programs as a mechanism for creating professional networks, the Law School wants to ensure that both the students and the professionals have a positive experience. For that reason, any student organization with a mentoring program (defined as a program by which a student organization matches practicing lawyers or other professionals with current students for the purpose of facilitating the professional or academic development of the student) must meet with the Office of the Dean of Students and the External Affairs Office at the beginning of each academic year to discuss the student organization’s plan for the mentorship program for that academic year. Any organization interested in creating a mentorship program must meet with the Office of the Dean of Students and the External Affairs Office prior to launching the program.

University of Chicago School of Law Women's Mentoring Program
http://www.law.uchicago.edu/WMP
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring

The Women's Mentoring Program facilitates mentoring relationships between 1Ls and alumnae by pairing first year women with alumnae mentors in the Chicago area. Three 1L women for the purpose of connecting first-year women with practicing attorneys and encouraging the development of professional relationships founded the program in the early 1990s. We hope that the WMP enables participants to develop meaningful mentoring relationships and provides students with different perspectives on the law school and practice of law. Mentors and mentees will attend formally arranged events including cocktail receptions and small group luncheons and are encouraged to arrange individual meetings such as casual lunches or coffee.

University of Colorado (Boulder)
http://www.colorado.edu/law/students/mentoring-programs
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Mentoring Programs

A successful career requires developing relationships with a number of mentors. At Colorado Law, we offer several mentoring programs, described below. Our expansive alumni community is eager to engage with students, and we have a number of alumni events throughout the year to foster the development of student-alumni mentoring relationships. The Women's Law Caucus provides 2L and 3L law student mentors for 1Ls. Students have the opportunity over the summer to get involved in the program for next year's 1Ls. Alumni and other lawyers mentor Colorado Law students through the following programs: Pilot Mentoring Program - This program pairs 2L and 3L law students with lawyers/alumni who are practicing in the students' areas of interest. If you are interested in getting involved with this program as a mentee or a mentor, please email our Student Affairs Team. APALSA Mentoring Program - Through this program, law student members are paired with attorney members of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association. Christian Legal Society Mentoring Program - Through this program, law students are paired with attorney members of the Colorado chapter of the Christian Legal Society based on the student's personal preferences, community involvement, and legal interests. If you are interested in getting involved with this program as a mentee or a mentor, please email the CLS mentoring program coordinator. LLSA Mentoring Program - As part of the LLSA mentoring program, law student members are paired with attorney members of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association.

University of Denver
http://law.du.edu/forms/mentor/register.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentor Matching Assistance.

The Professional Mentoring Program offers every entering first year law student the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with a practicing lawyer or judge. Interest areas match students and mentors, and they participate in a series of practice-oriented discussions during the first year of law school. Absent unusual circumstances, students retain the same mentor throughout their law school careers. The formal mentoring program ultimately will continue beyond law school, and mentors and students will continue their contact with each other as student’s transition from law school to practice.

University of Florida Levin College of Law
http://www.law.ufl.edu/alumni/resources-for-alumni/alumni-mentor
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Program

The University of Florida Levin College of Law Mentor Program allows alumni to provide general advice to students. Each alumnus may create a profile that describes how he or she is able to assist students. In example, the alumnus mentor may designate a particular area or geographic location about which he or she has particularized knowledge.

University of Houston School of Law
http://law.uh.edu/mentor/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Upper Level Mentoring Program

The University of Houston School of Law mentoring program matches primarily third-year students with local Houston attorneys. The attorneys offer first-hand knowledge and practical advice to students as they begin to transition into practice. The program lasts for one year, during which the mentors offer assistance with professional development, networking, and employment opportunities.

University of Houston School of Law
http://law.uh.edu/mentor/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Upper Level Mentoring Program

The University of Houston School of Law mentoring program matches primarily third-year students with local Houston attorneys. The attorneys offer first-hand knowledge and practical advice to students as they begin to transition into practice. The program lasts for one year, during which the mentors offer assistance with professional development, networking, and employment opportunities.

University of Illinois School of Law
http://www.law.illinois.edu/alumni/student-mentoring
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

The Alumni-Student Mentoring Program matches an incoming first-year student with an alumni who practices in the mentee’s desired practice area or geographic location. The mentors offer practical advice to first-year students and aid the student in employment prospects.

University of La Verne College of Law
http://law.laverne.edu/career-services/employers/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Attorney Mentor Program

The University of La Verne College of Law mentor program pairs law students with practicing attorneys. The attorneys are chosen with reference to the student’s desired practice areas. Mentees are permitted to shadow the mentor.

University of Maryland
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/about/departments/cdo/mentor.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring by Alumni for Students

The program partners first-year law students with alumni working in the legal and non-legal professions. An attorney-mentor is someone to whom the student can turn to for real world professional advice during the first year of law school. While an attorney-mentor is not expected to be a potential employer, they are asked to provide professional advice and tips to help first-year law students prepare for careers after law school.

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/about/departments/cdo/mentor.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  The Maryland Alumni Mentor Program for 1Ls

The University of Maryland School of Law mentoring program pairs first-year students with local professionals in the legal and non-legal markets. The mentors are matched with the students based on particular criteria including practice area, student organization affiliation, ethnicity, and geographic area. The year-long program encourages mentors to respond to any job search related questions, critique the mentee’s resume, invite the mentee to work-related events, and introduce the mentee to individuals working in particular practice areas.

University of Minnesota School of Law
http://www1.law.umn.edu/corporateinstitute/mentoring-program.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Corporate Institute Mentoring Program

The University of Minnesota School of Law corporate institute mentoring program is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn more about business and business law careers. Although a more particularized program, it nonetheless offers students the ability to receive practical knowledge and expertise regarding the practice of business law.

University of Nebraska College of Law
http://law.unl.edu/wile
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

Through this mentoring program, students are matched with people who share your teaching and/or scholarship and/or work/life issues.

University of Nebraska – Lincoln School of Law
http://law.unl.edu/get-involved/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln School of Law encourages alumni to volunteer to mentor law students. The goal of the mentor-mentee match is to help guide the student into the profession. The mentor is encouraged to help students consider what type of law they want to pursue, which classes to take, and develop professionalism.

University of North Carolina
http://blogs.law.unc.edu/admitted/2011/08/09/unc-law-public-interest-peer-mentor-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Alumni Mentoring

The School of Law offers a Public Interest Peer Mentor Program that matches first-year students interested in public interest work with like-minded second- and third-year students. Students are matched up based on practice areas of interest, among other factors. Mentors meet with their mentees on an individual basis throughout the year and serve as a resource to help with the transition to law school, share experiences and answer questions about public interest careers. The program also schedules a variety of group social activities each year, including the Annual Chili Dinner, brown bag lunches, a spring picnic and other events.

University of Pittsburgh School of Law
http://law.pitt.edu/events/new-event/1l-informational-session-alumni-mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Pitt Law Alumni Mentoring Program

The pilot program offers roughly forty first-year law students the opportunity to develop a long-term, professional relationship with an alumnus. The mentor is to assist the student with their professional and career development.

University of San Francisco
https://www.usfca.edu/news/mentoring-program-connects-students-alumni
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Alumni Mentoring

Connections is an online resource connecting USF law students with alumni, faculty, and USF School of Law affiliated legal professionals who provide advice and support throughout the law school experience and legal career. Alumni and law students register to participate in the mentor program. Please note that these networks are exclusive and closed to users not affiliated with the USF School of Law. Students select one or more mentors from the online database, initiate the first contact with their mentors, and take the lead on staying in touch. Mentors do not have to be located in the Bay Area: communication can be via email, phone, or in person. Mentees and mentors decide which communication method is most comfortable to them and works best with their schedules.

University of San Francisco School of Law (Second Program)
http://www.usfca.edu/sol-join-the-mentor-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  School of Law LinkedIn Mentor Program

The School of Law LinkedIn Mentor Program connects current students with alumni through LinkedIn. Students are asked to reach out to a particular alumnus he or she wishes to develop a mentor-mentee relationship with. Although informal, the program encourages current students and research alumni to develop such a relationship in order to aid in the student’s academic and professional development.

University of South Carolina
http://professionalism.law.sc.edu/mentoring/1l.shtml
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group Law Student Mentoring Program

The mentoring program lasts for one semester and is part of the school’s new professionalism course. Students meet in small groups with a mentor several times during the semester to discuss the various roles lawyers assume in their practice, various practice settings, and elements of professionalism.

University of South Carolina School of law (3L Program)
http://professionalism.law.sc.edu/mentoring/1l/3l.shtml
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  3L Individual Mentoring Program

This mentoring program is offered to all third-year students. Students meet with their mentor at least three times during each semester to discuss issues which arise during the third year as well as the beginning of law practice, from work-life balance to issues new lawyers experience upon entering practice.

University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis, MN)
http://www.stthomas.edu/law/currentstudents/mentorexternship/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The mentor externship is required for every student in each year of law study and has three primary objectives: first, to foster professionalism for students and mentors; next, to provide students with an experiential window through which to view the professional world and exposure to the diverse spectrum of work that lawyers and judges do; and, finally, to create opportunities for students to engage in conversations with mentors, faculty, and peers about professionalism, the practice of law, and what they are observing and learning through their mentor experience.

University of Tennessee College of Law
http://law.utk.edu/life-ut-law/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Law Student Mentoring Program

College of Law’s Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to establish a mentoring relationship with a professional in the field. Mentors help the students identify and fulfill professional goals while fostering the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. Through these interactions, attorney participants can serve the profession and the community. Students gain new perspectives and insights into issues related to civility, ethics and professionalism.

University of Tennessee School of Law Mentoring
http://law.utk.edu/centers/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring With Practicing Attorney

The mentoring program at the University of Tennessee School of Law offers law students the ability to develop a mentoring relationship with a practicing attorney. The program is open to all students at various stages in their law school career, and entering students who participate in the program are matched with a mentor during their first year of studies. The goal of the program is to foster ethical practices and professionalism and aid in the student’s development throughout law school.

University of Texas School of Law
https://law.utexas.edu/mentoring/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

The mentoring program is open to all students. The program will match a student at any stage of his or her law school career with an alumnus from the school of law.

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
http://www.mcgeorge.edu/Students/Career_Development_Office/Alumni_Mentor_Network.htm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentor Network

The McGeorge School of Law offers an informal mentoring program in which current students and recent graduates are able to contact alumni to receive general advice on a number of topics. The students are able to choose any member he or she feels will provide the most helpful advice.

University of Toledo College of Law Women’s Law Society Mentor Program
http://www.utoledo.edu/law/studentlife/resources/mentor.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Student-Attorney Mentoring

The Women’s Law Student Association offers male and female students the opportunity to develop a relationship with an attorney who is a member of the Toledo Women’s Bar Association. The pairs are matched based on the student’s area of interest and the attorney’s area of expertise.

University of Tulsa College of Law
https://law.utulsa.edu/student-services/professional-development/mentoring-program/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Student-Attorney Mentoring

The University of Tulsa College of Law pairs second and third-year law students with practicing attorneys from the Tulsa County Bar Association. The mentors provide general advice to the students regarding the practice of law and the various areas of law. The mentors help guide and cultivate the students throughout school and into the practice of law.

University of Tulsa College of Law Mentoring Program
http://law.utulsa.edu/student-services/professional-development/mentoring-program/
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Law school mentoring program

The Professional Development Office at the University of Tulsa's College of Law partners with the Tulsa County Bar Association to match lawyers with 2Ls and 3Ls to provide insight into different areas of law and the life of a practicing attorney.

University of Utah
http://today.law.utah.edu/2010/08/attorney-student-mentoring-program-kicks-off-august-19/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Law Student Mentoring Program

The university collaborates with the Women Lawyers of Utah, the Utah Minority Bar Association, and the Young Lawyers Division of the Utah State Bar to stage the program. Students are assigned individual attorney mentors from leading Utah law firms, corporations, and public agencies. The mentor/mentee pairs meet at least one time, but more often if they choose, and also may communicate via email and phone calls.

University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
https://sjquinney.xinspire.com/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Attorney-Student Mentoring

The University of Utah School of Law mentoring program matches students of all academic levels to practicing attorneys. Once accepted into the program, a student is free to choose a particular mentor based on the student’s career and personal needs. The mentors set clear goals, provide the student with information covering all aspects of career and professional development.

Utah
http://www.utahbar.org/members/mentor-program/
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program matches new lawyers with more experienced lawyers for training during their first year of practice in professionalism, ethics, and civility; to assist new lawyers in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice in a highly competent manner; and to provide a means for all Utah attorneys to learn the importance of organizational mentoring, including the building of developmental networks and long-term, multiple mentoring relationships. Lawyers newly admitted to the Bar with an active license are required to complete the program their first year of practice in Utah. The requirement for judicial law clerks is deferred until completion of the clerkship.

Valparaiso
http://www.valpo.edu/law/current-students/c-support/c-mentoring-program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Peer Mentoring

The Valparaiso University Law School’s Mentor Program is designed to help incoming students with their transition to law school. In this program, incoming students (1Ls) are paired with upperclassmen (2Ls and 3Ls) of similar interests and/or backgrounds. All incoming 1Ls will receive information on how to sign up early this summer and contact information for your mentors will be sent in early August.

Vermont
https://www.vtbar.org/UserFiles/files/iNCUBATOR/VLIPprogram%20description.pdf
Optional
Status:  Pilot
Type:  Vermont Lawyer Incubator Pilot Program

The Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Law School are partnering on a Lawyer Incubator Pilot Project to test a model of encouraging new lawyers to establish law practices in underserved areas of Vermont.

The incubator Pilot will run 18 months in 2014-15 and will involve 2-3 new lawyers, existing staff of VLS and VBA, and volunteer seasoned attorneys. The Pilot staff will oversee the development of each new lawyer's practice skills, and set up CLE trainings and mentorship opportunities. Project lawyers will be linked via list serve and will meet frequently for in-person trainings and peer review. Lawyers will move through a series of tasks and trainings over the course of their 18 month involvement with the program, at the end of which they should have established a profitable solo or small firm practice in one of the underserved areas of Vermont.

Goals: -Launch new lawyers in small or solo practice. -Attract and keep new lawyers who desire to practice in Vermont. -Serve underserved populations and geographic areas. -Support new lawyers with relevant CLEs, help them avoid ethical problems, and build their competence and confidence. -Refresh the bar (and ultimately the bench).

Villanova Law Minority Mentoring Program
http://www.law.villanova.edu/Home/Alumni/Minority%20Alumni%20Society/MAS%20Mentoring%20Program
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

Through the Villanova Law Minority Mentoring Program, minority alumni serve as mentors to minority students, providing valuable knowledge and insight into the legal and business professions, while also sharing practical advice concerning the challenges of law school. The formal mentoring relationship is from October to May. The program committee matches interested students with alumni mentors in February, and recommends that mentors and mentees connect with one another at least twice a month via telephone, email and/or personal visits. Alumni do not need to reside in the Philadelphia area to serve as a mentor. The program is co-sponsored by the Villanova Law Minority Alumni Society and the Law School’s Minority Student Associations, the Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, and the Latin American Law Students Association.

Wake Forest
http://alumni.law.wfu.edu/volunteer/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Alumni Mentoring

Alumni from across the country were paired with 1L students to help them adjust to law school and better prepare for a career in law or in any profession. This support from our graduates not only helps students make better career choices, it builds life-long connections between the students, alumni, and the Wake Forest School of Law. The mentors are asked to communicate with the student by email with the goal to include support for the following: career development opportunities; law School navigation support; encouragement to take responsibility for their own success; and long-term relationship with Wake Forest law school. The Mentors are there to offer support and encouragement, provide employment advising, assist with law school acclimatization, support life balance issues, and refer curriculum choices to faculty advisors.

Washburn University School of Law
http://washburnlaw.edu/academics/jurisdoctor/firstyear/mentor.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni-Student Mentoring

Washburn University School of Law matches first-year students with young alumni. The program serves as a networking opportunity and is geared towards providing students with a resource to learn more about the issues related to a career in law.

Washington and Lee
http://law.wlu.edu/career/page.asp?pageid=1034
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentoring by Alumni for Students

In order to foster mentor relationships between alumni and students, Washington & Lee University School of Law's Office of Career Planning and Professional Development instituted an Alumni Mentoring Program.  The program pairs alumni mentors with participating first-year law students in order to provide support and encouragement during the student's three years at W&L. 

Washington School of Law Professional Mentorship Program
https://www.law.washington.edu/Career/Students/mentorprogram/default.aspx
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching Assistance

The Professional Mentorship Program has mentors from diverse backgrounds as well as all areas of the legal profession—federal, state, and local judges and lawyers from the public, private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Because mentors have such a wide range of experiences and areas of expertise, law school staff can match mentors with students who come to law school with various interests and goals.

Washington, D.C. Bar
http://www.dcbar.org/bar-resources/practice-management-advisory-service/mentor.cfm
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Practice Management Advisory Service

The D.C. Bar Practice Management Advisory Service seeks to encourage professional mentoring relationships between experienced and less-experienced lawyers to facilitate the transfer of valuable information and insight into the practice of law. The PMSC created a pilot planned mentoring program several years ago, but the results strongly indicated bar members preferred a natural approach to mentoring. Therefore, rather than attempt to play matchmaker, the PMSC designed a web page to assist lawyers in the establishment of their own fulfilling mentor relationships.

Wayne State University School of Law
http://www.lawalumni.wayne.edu/s/1536/gid2/wn/index.aspx?sid=1536&gid=4&pgid=458
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Attorney-Student Mentoring

The mentor program at Wayne State University School of Law is aimed at providing mentors to third-year students who are about to enter the practice of law. The mentors will share with students general insight, advice, and guidance on various topics, including the bar exam, professional development, and general practice. The mentors are encouraged to take the mentee to lunch or coffee, attend a bar association event, or an event the student may shadow

West Virginia University Law Alumni Association
http://alumni.wvu.edu/membership/mentoring
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni Mentoring Program

WE WANT YOU to be a MENTOR! The WVU Alumni Association has teamed with the Office of Career Services and the Student Government Association to offer students, alumni and friends a powerful networking opportunity. The Alumni Career Networking program is a unique opportunity to connect alumni and friends of WVU with other alumni and students who are looking for assistance with career choices. What is a Mentor? A mentor is an individual that can assist students by sharing his/her specialized skills, advancement tracks, qualifying licensing or certifications and knowledge base. How can I help a future leader? Give as much time as you can spare to do any of the following: ◦Talking to your protégé(s) about career choices or the pros/cons of your career; ◦Advising your protégé(s) on how to get into your career; ◦Reviewing resumes, cover letters or portfolios; ◦Conducting mock interviews; ◦Help your protégé(s) in networking with people or companies that could assist them in getting their career(s) off the ground; ◦Sharing tips on beginning a new job; ◦Providing relocation information and advice; and ◦Being supportive once they relocate How can we communicate? ◦E-mail; ◦Online chats; ◦Phone conversations; ◦“Snail mail;” and ◦In-person meetings. What’s in it for me? ◦You may find a great new employee. ◦Someday, your protégé could prove to be an incredible business ally. ◦They may share new technologies, methodologies or techniques with you that could help your career. ◦You will have new friends. ◦We will appreciate you! For more information, visit: Career Networking You can sign up to be an alumni mentor by contacting the Career Services at CareerServices@mail.wvu.edu. You will receive a password that will enable you to register for the program. If you have questions, please contact the WVU Alumni Association at 304-293-4731 or WVU’s Career Services Center at 304-293-2221.

Westchester County, NY Bar Association
http://www.wcbany.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=96
Optional
Status:  In Development
Type:  Individual New Lawyer Mentoring Program

The program being developed pairs experienced attorneys practicing in diverse areas one on one with younger and less experienced attorneys for a period no longer than one year.  During this period, the mentor agrees to make him or herself available for a consultation, either in person or by telephone, for a minimum of one-half hour per week.  Thus, the mentor commits to a maximum of two hours per month.  There are no restrictions imposed on the questions asked or advice sought, however the mentor, at his or her option, may decline to answer any question posed.

Whatcom County Bar Association, Washington
http://www.whatcombar.org/announce.html
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Informal Question and Answer Via Phone

The attorneys on the list below have volunteered to mentor the younger members of our bar association on an as-needed basis. The idea is to provide a resource for new lawyers who may from time to time benefit from advice and input from some of our more experienced members.

Wichita, Kansas Bar Association
http://www.wichitabar.org/membership.php
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Lawyer Mentoring Program

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for attorneys with certain skills and knowledge to act as mentors and develop relationships with attorneys who seek those skills and knowledge. The mentor's role is to provide general advice, assistance and wisdom to the mentee attorney. An added bonus is that mentees in the program receive one-year free membership in the Wichita Bar Association.

Widener University Delaware Law School
http://delawarelaw.widener.edu/current-students/career-development-office/alumni/mentoring-student-and-alumni/mentoring-goals-and-guidelines/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Alumni-Student Mentoring

The Widener University Delaware Law School mentoring program pairs first-year law students with alumni. The alumni mentors provide the students with informal advice on a number of topics, including legal practices, the legal profession as a whole, and law school. The program is geared towards instilling professionalism in the mentees.

Willamette College of Law
http://www.willamette.edu/wucl/careers/students/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group Law Student Mentoring Program

The college oversees an active student/attorney mentoring program. The mentoring program pairs first year law students with one of approximately 150 volunteer lawyers and judges. This provides students with a tremendous opportunity, early in their legal careers, to forge an individual relationship with a practicing attorney or judge, who can offer insight about the practice of law.

William J. Clayton Mentorship Program
http://www.lgla.net/student-center
Status:  Ongoing

LGLA has dedicated our Mentorship Program connects volunteer attorneys with interested students to provide career guidance and mentorship. Interested attorneys may download a mentor application. Student members of LGLA will receive applications by mail in September, or may download a mentee application. Applications will also be available through local law schools.

William Mitchell (St. Paul, MN)
http://web.wmitchell.edu/alumni/hachey-ambassadors-mentor-program-for-experienced-alumni-and-students/
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Hachey Ambassadors Mentoring Program

This program is specifically designed for students in their last year of law school who have clear ideas about how they want to use their legal training. We take the time to find experienced alumni mentors who work in fields or settings of interest to the students, so they can learn more about a specific practice area or environment, get connected with other attorneys who do the work they want to do, find out about the most helpful professional organizations to get involved with, and gain some observational opportunities. While some students have received job offers as a result of the program, it is not a placement program and mentors are under no obligation to help students find employment. Requirements and Expectations for Participation: Students: Students who have a year of school left and who do not already have employment lined up upon graduation will be invited to apply to participate at the beginning of the fall semester. Students should carefully consider whether they are committed to taking full advantage of what an alumni mentor has to offer. Since mentors are volunteering their time, they are interested in being paired with students who are invested in learning from them and in participating in the activities listed below. Alumni: Alumni who graduated more than six years ago who are interested in being matched with a student may indicate their interest in participating at any time by completing a short application. Once we know the areas of interest expressed by the students, we will review our list of alumni and their areas of experience and contact you to confirm your interest and availability. Alumni are asked to commit to meeting with their student 4-6 times during the year and to offer students the following: Information about your work and, if possible, a job shadow opportunity; Introductions to three or more contacts in your field; An opportunity to attend some kind of observational experience, such as a hearing, a closing, a trial, a mediation, etc.; An opportunity to attend a professional event with you such as a bar meeting or reception.

Winston & Strawn
http://www.winston.com/Index.cfm?contentID=51
Mandatory
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Individual Mentor Matching

The program is divided into three levels. First year associates are assigned senior associate mentors who help new attorneys become acquainted with Winston & Strawn and large law firm life in general. Second and third year associates are assigned partner mentors who meet with them bi-monthly to provide guidance for continued professional development within the firm. All fourth-year associates are above are paired with a partner advisor responsible for regular discussions with associates about their professional development.

Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
http://www.wlala.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=32
Optional
Status:  Ongoing
Type:  Group and Individual Mentoring

WLALA is pleased to offer mentoring circles, which are an informal group composed of lawyers, judges and others in the legal field from a variety of practice areas and experience levels. WLALA's Law Student Mentoring Program pairs law student members with lawyer members to encourage and facilitate the development of women law students.  Mentors and mentees are matched based on interests and background, where possible.  The program is flexible; mentors and mentees choose when and how to stay connected with one another, whether it is through e-mail, telephone chats, in-person meetings, or a combination of the above.

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