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.
Once we know the areas of interest expressed by the students, we recruit alumni mentors. 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.