Mentoring Scheme swings into action
Wednesday, 28 November 2012
In the academic year 2012-2013, the School of Law started a mentoring programme whereby solicitors and barristers in practice mentor GDL students (wishing to become barristers), as well as LPC students as they prepare to move from education into the world of work. Student mentees are paired with a mentor practising in their preferred area of interest. Mentors are there to listen, encourage, enlighten, guide and support students in their search for training contracts or pupilage.
This year, we have around 50 mentors from various law firms and barristers’ chambers all over the country. Their areas of speciality range from family and private client work, to commercial and corporate practice. Our mentors are all at different levels in their career. Some are relatively new in their legal careers, while others are very experienced in their field of practice.
Our mentors have 4 main interactions with their student mentees during the course of the year. These interactions cover the following topics:
• preparing and agreeing a draft career plan with the mentee;
• conducting a thorough review of the mentee’s CV;
• assisting the mentee with interview practice; and
• taking the mentee to an event/workplace visit as a networking experience.
In addition, the mentor and mentee have additional contact as and when the need arises, to be previously agreed between them.
We have had two briefing events for mentors this year. Those events provided the mentors with the opportunity to meet each other as well as their mentee. This scheme has already received widespread praise from both mentors and students alike and looks set to continue to be a huge success.