Mentoring Programs - Law Schools

 

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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. 

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.

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

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 – 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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