Law Student Mentorship Program

The FBA’s law student mentorship program provides mentors with an opportunity to make a difference in law students’ lives and provides mentees with an opportunity for broader exposure within the FBA and the chance to talk through career decisions and life after law school.

The program runs from September 2018 until April 2019.  

Goals of the Mentorship Program

Goal Setting and Career Planning
The mentorship relationship might focus on goal setting and career planning that helps the mentee identify his or her professional and personal goals, as well as think about his or her long-term career path. This might include discussing the mentee's early career dreams and possible career moves. This might also include the mentor offering advice on: how to achieve career dreams, things the mentee should do to set him or herself up to succeed in those goals, or "hard lessons" the mentor learned that the mentee can benefit from. Perhaps the mentee is unclear as to his or her career goals. The mentor might work with the mentee in developing a plan or recommending opportunities for the mentee that would help the mentee narrow his or her career goals. The mentor might also offer feedback or guidance on the mentee's goals. In sum, the mentor can be a resource and a sounding board to the mentee as he or she thinks about his or her role in the practice of law.

The mentorship relationship might focus on networking to help the mentee expand his or her professional connections and networks. The mentor might invite the mentee to a firm event, a local bar association function, or introduce the mentee to other lawyers.

FBA Promotion
The mentorship relationship should focus on the value of being a member of the FBA. The mentor might share his or her experience and professional success in the organization. The mentor can explain how the organization's mission and values can support the mentee's goals. The mentor can also provide basic information about the organization, such as how the organization is structured, what leadership opportunities exist, and how to get the most out of a FBA membership.

Practice Management
The mentorship relationship might focus on practice management to help the mentee develop cognitive skills necessary to address and solve prevalent issues in the legal field. For example, the mentor might make the mentee aware of the "realities" of legal practice. The mentor could identify a real problem/issue (e.g., work/life balance; dealing with a difficult boss; dealing with office politics) that is recurring in the field of law and then explain how to best address that problem/issue.

Skills Development
The mentorship relationship might focus on skills development. The mentor can help guide the mentee to learn specific skill sets in order to develop him or herself, add value to his or her legal practice, and progress his or her career path. For example, if the mentee is interested in appellate practice, the mentor might recommend legal writing books for effective appellate brief writing.


Mentorship Commitment Form

Mentor Application

Mentee Application

Promotional Flyer

Mentorship Program Schedule 2018-2019

Law Student Mentorship Program Material


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