University of Law Mentoring Scheme
The University of Law is looking for solicitors and barristers to mentor GDL and LPC students on a one to one basis over the next academic year. The scheme aims to address the issue of limited opportunities to gain experience of the legal profession by providing students with individual contact with a practising lawyer.
The University of Law’s mentoring scheme is well-established and last year linked over 200 lawyers with 200 individual students. While students undoubtedly benefit from increased confidence and awareness of law in practice, feedback suggests that the mentors find this a mutually rewarding process. Mentors report that they enjoy sharing their own experiences and seeing their mentees develop their skills and confidence.
The 2013/14 scheme launches in November 2013 and runs through to May 2014, during which period mentors are asked to offer a minimum of four contacts with their mentees: one of these contacts should be a face to face meeting, but the others could be via e-mail or telephone. If mentors are able to offer more than a minimum commitment and/or include a short period of work shadowing then this benefits the student further. This, however, is at the discretion of the mentor and is not expected by the student. Attached is some literature from the University which explains more about the scheme.
If you would be interested in being involved as a mentor in this year’s scheme then please complete the ‘New Mentors Details Form’ and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
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