Ask any successful attorney: Nothing propels a legal career like having a great mentor. 

That’s especially true when the mentor is at the top of the profession and takes an active, personal interest in the development of the young lawyer he or she is advising.

To maximize these opportunities, LCLD has developed the Success in Law School Mentoring Program, a comprehensive initiative for first-year law students from diverse backgrounds based on the principles of legal excellence and personal involvement.

Its goal is to ensure that talented law students receive the mentoring they need to maximize their potential, both during law school and afterwards as they prepare for the bar exam and launch their careers.

Individual Mentoring

The essence of the Individual Mentoring Program (IMP) is meaningful, one-on-one mentoring. Since its launch in 2012, the Program has expanded from 25 to 33 cities across the United States, reaching more than 4,600 Mentors and Mentees in three academic year cycles.

Registration for the 2014-2015 academic year will open for Mentors in June 2014, and for law students in October 2014.

Group Mentoring

LCLD has also developed a Group Mentoring Program (GMP) as another way for successful attorneys from LCLD Member organizations to share experiences, advice, and support with diverse law students at any stage of their law school experience. Sessions will be scheduled during the school year and are designed to provide guidance in an informal, interactive, and collegial setting.

Many GMP events include attorney Mentors in a networking session and a panel presentation or roundtable discussion. These presentations cover a variety of topics including networking and relationship building, interviewing skills, professionalism, practice area choice, and attorney evaluation.

For more on Group Mentoring and upcoming Events, please visit the program page here.

If you have questions about LCLD's Success in Law School Mentoring Program, please contact Louise Bald, LCLD Program Manager.

Browse photos from past mentoring events in the photo gallery below.