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.
Mentor Program of the Korean American Bar Association of San Diego
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.
Through this mentoring program, students are matched with people who share your teaching and/or scholarship and/or work/life issues.
Villanova Law Minority Mentoring Program
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.