The Alumni Mentor program partners first-year law students with alumni working in the legal profession (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, mentors are asked to provide professional advice and tips to help first-year law students prepare for careers after law school.
Mentors and students are matched, as closely as practical, on the basis of criteria requested by the students. Criteria may include:
Once matches are made, students are expected to make the first contact with alumni. Students and their mentors are expected to participate in the program through May of the academic year, return phone calls and e-mails and honor pre-arranged meetings and activities, participate in School of Law sponsored Mentor Program activities, and notify the CDO if they are unable to fulfill any of their commitments.First-year students interested in the program can for more information and fill out the program application.
Serving as an alumni mentor is one of the best ways alumni support and can give back to first-year students. Mentoring does require a time commitment, but that commitment can be as much or as little as each person’s schedule permits. The time period is generally during the school year—from October through May. Each mentor is asked to complete a minimum of four "interactions" with your student mentee during the course of the year. Examples of possible interactions include:
Alumni interested in the program can contact the CDO for more information and register here: Alumni Mentor Program Registration.