Happy New Year and welcome to the LCLD Connections Newsletter! The newsletter is for all attorney mentors and student mentees participating the LCLD Law School MentoringProgram. In it, we share important program updates and highlights.
I hope you all had a happy and restful holiday season; there is no question that it was well-deserved! January marks the start of the spring semester for most law students around the country. Be sure to reach out to your mentor or mentee soon - schedules fill up quickly!
-Sarah Wintle, Pipeline Programs Manager
Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) Launch, Fall 2012
The 2012 LCLD Law School Mentoring Program launched in September - here are the current stats:
- 31 cities overall
- 25 cities have 'launched' the program with students
- 1 city set to launch in late January
- 5 cities launch date TBD
- 831 mentor attorneys
- 571 mentors and mentees matched
If you HAVE been matched with a student mentee, we hope you have made contact via phone/email to schedule an initial meeting. If you have yet to connect, please do so as soon as possible. If you've attempted to contact your mentee two or more times and have received no response, please email Sarah Wintle for assistance.
If you HAVE NOT been matched with a student mentee, there are two possible reasons. Several cities have yet to identify a launch date for students. Once a date is identified, students will begin registering on the LCLD website and matching will begin. The other possible reason that you may not have been matched is related to the number of students that have registered. In several cities that have already launched registration, there simply have not been enough student registrations to match all attorney mentors. In that case, LCLD is working to re-advertise the program to students at local law schools in the hopes of finding a student mentee for all attorney mentors. For information about when your city launched or when it will launch with students, please visit theLCLD website.
1L LCLD Scholar's Program - Consider Applying!
p>As a participant in the LCLD Law School Mentoring Program, LCLD wants to bring to your attention another opportunity available to 1Ls, the 1L LCLD Scholars Program. The Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students. More specifically, the Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to work for LCLD Member organizations during the summer after 1L year. In some cases, Scholars have the opportunity to work for both a law firm and a corporate in-house legal department.
This experience provides to Scholars an opportunity to (1) do work that requires the practical application of skills you have learned during your first year of law school, (2) network with attorneys and other law students, and (3) gain valuable experience for you to build on as you progress in your law school career. Past participants include Microsoft, DLA Piper, Walmart and many others. A more detailed description of the 1L LCLD Scholars Program, eligibility requirements, application process, and a listing of the 2013 participating organizations can be found on this webpage. Application deadlines vary but can be as early as January 15, 2013, so be sure to the check the website soon!
More Attorney Mentors Needed in Select Cities
As a testament to the success of the LCLD Individual Mentoring Program (IMP), we've had many more students register for the program in select cities than we have available mentor attorneys. The cities where there is a need for additional mentor attorneys include:
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Hartford, CT
- Kansas City, MO
- San Francisco, CA
- Washington, DC
Group Mentoring Program (GMP) - Upcoming Events
Since August, Group Mentoring Program (GMP) events have taken place in ten cities around the country. GMP events are an opportunity for 1L, 2L, and 3L students to hear insights from experienced and successful lawyers from some of the country's finest companies and law firms. The GMP sessions are designed to provide guidance in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting to support students' success in law school. GMP event topics have included practice area choice, networking, resume building, exam-taking and stress management.
Thus far, one GMP has been planned for the spring semester (NYC - 1/20). For updated information about GMP events as they are scheduled, please visit theLCLD website.
Additionally, if you are an attorney interested in hosting an event at your organization or in helping to plan an event, please contact Sarah Wintle for more information about how to get involved.
Tip of the Month
Use your own experiences, observations and perspectives to impart information and skills, and encourage your mentee to apply the information and skills in ways that make sense in their lives.
Keep in mind that mentors often teach by telling stories, so listen for the lessons and ask questions to help apply the lessons to your own life.
For more tips to help enhance the mentor/mentee relationship, please visit the LCLD Mentoring Tool-kit.
Problems Connecting with your Mentor/Mentee?
If you are having problems making contact with your mentor or mentee, LCLD wants to know. We are committed to providing a quality experience to all of our mentors and mentees and want to make sure that all participants are corresponding regularly. If you are having issues connecting with your mentor or mentee, please email Sarah Wintle.
New Contact Information?
With several thousand individuals now involved in the mentoring program, LCLD must constantly work to keep mentor and mentee contact information up-to-date. If you have updates to your contact information, especially an email address, please send it to Sarah Wintle. Likewise, for mentors, if you're planninga move to a new firm or corporate law department, please let us know so that we are able to keep you informed after your move!