Peer Advisor Program


Overview

Are you interested in taking on a leadership role within the law school?  Do you have a desire to pass on to new students the wisdom you have gained from your law school experience?  This is your opportunity to pay it forward!  Please consider serving as a Peer Advisor during the 2015-2016 academic year to provide advice and guidance to the next entering class.

Peer advisors are upper class students who primarily mentor, foster support, and provide leadership to 1Ls throughout their first-year of law school. They are often also called upon to provide guidance to other new students as needed (transfers, visitors, and LLMs).   Peer Advisors are assigned to each first-year section of day and evening students.  They work with the Office of Student Affairs during our fall orientation program to introduce new students to the law school.  In addition, they plan activities throughout the year to help students become acclimated to the demands of academics and student life, to become familiar with resources available at the law school and on the larger campus, and to explore all that the Baltimore-Washington region has to offer them.

The Office of Student Affairs is seeking applicants who are enthusiastic, exercise good judgment, are creative, and are interested in building a strong student community at the law school.  Our goal is to select 4 to 5 Peer Advisors for each first-year section of day and evening students.

Peer Advisor Obligations

  • Serve as mentors primarily to first-year law students throughout the academic year as they acclimate to the University of Maryland Carey School of Law community.
  • Depending on their availability in the summer months, Peer Advisors will attend welcome night events for new students in June and July and address new student questions by email, social media, online chat sessions, and panel programs among other activities.
  • Participate in a mandatory peer advisor orientation in mid-August just prior to fall orientation for new students. Veteran/Returning Peer Advisors will assist in the planning and implementation of new Peer Advisor Orientation.
  • Participate in the mandatory fall orientation program for incoming students on Monday, August 17 and Tuesday, August 18.
  • Act as a guide throughout orientation by introducing new students to what they can expect during their first-year of law school and familiarizing them with student-life resources here at the law school and on the larger campus.
  • Maintain regular contact with assigned first-year section and communicate information about student activities, academic advising, exam strategies, student leadership opportunities, summer opportunities, and course selection.  Help plan and participate in group activities with your assigned section of students.
  • Ideally, Peer Advisors will plan one event per month per semester for their section avoiding programming blackout, reading and exam periods.
  • Select a fellow Peer Advisor from your section to serve a liaison to the Office of Student Affairs.

Deadline:  The Peer Advisor application deadline has been extended until Thursday, March 26 at midnight.

New applicants:  If selected to interview, the Office of Student Affairs will contact you.  Interviews of new peer advisor applicants will be conducted between Thursday, March 26 and Friday, April 3. Interviewers will primarily be current Peer Advisors.  Selections will be made shortly after April 3.  

Veteran/Returning applicants: Current Peer Advisors must reapply to be considered to serve again next year. They do not have to interview but I may ask for feedback from your fellow Peer Advisors about your involvement in Peer Advising activities this year.   

The first informational meeting for those students selected to serve as Peer Advisors during the 2015-2016 academic year will be held on Thursday, April 9 at 3:00 pm (Room TBD).

Questions? Please contact Michele Hayes in the Office of Student Affairs at mhayes@law.umaryland.edu or 410.706.5235.

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