Welcome to the LCLD Connections Newsletter! This newsletter is for all attorney Mentors and student Mentees participating the LCLD Law School Mentoring Program. In it, we share important program updates and highlights.
The end of the semester is fast-approaching and many students will leave their local areas for summer internships. If you haven't made arrangements with your Mentor or Mentee to meet before final exams begin, be sure to reach out soon!
-Sarah Wintle, Pipeline Programs Manager
In this Issue:
- Please Reply! Winter 2013 Survey for Mentors/Mentees
- Group Mentoring Program - Upcoming Events
- 1L LCLD Scholars Program - Consider Applying!
- Tip of the Month
- Problems Connecting with Your Mentor/Mentee?
- New Contact Information?
Please Reply! Winter 2013 Survey for Mentors/Mentees
In keeping with our ongoing efforts to continually provide exceptional programming, LCLD recently launched surveys for all Mentors and Mentees participating in the LCLD Law School Individual Mentoring Program. All Mentors and Mentees who were matched before January 1, 2013 have received a survey link from LCLD. This includes Mentors and Mentees matched during the 2011-12 school year as part of the inaugural launch of the program.
If you have completed the survey, thank you so much for your feedback; we very much appreciate you taking the time to provide us with this important information.
If you have not yet completed the survey, please click on the link below to take you to the appropriate survey; it should take no more than eight minutes to complete. The survey is entirely anonymous and your responses will only be shared with LCLD staff. Note: If you received match details AFTER January 1, 2013, please do not complete the survey.
For Mentors matched during the 2011-12 school year:
For Mentors matched during the 2012-13 school year:
For ALL Mentees:
If you have questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Sarah Wintle at LCLD.
Group Mentoring Program - Upcoming Events
The LCLD Group Mentoring Program (GMP) was launched in February 2012 and since then, more than 20 events have taken place in various 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.
Several GMP events have taken place already this semester (see photos below!), and many more are planned in March and April. For ongoing updates about GMP events as they are scheduled, please visit the LCLD website. Upcoming events include:
- March 19 - Richmond, VA @McGuireWoods
- March 21 - Houston, TX @McGuireWoods
- April 9 - Philadelphia, PA @Pepper Hamilton
- April 9 - Raleigh/Durham, NC @K&L Gates (in Research Triangle Park)
- TBD - @Wake Forest University School of Law
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.
GMP Event in NYC - 2/20/13
GMP Event in Chicago - 2/21/13
1L LCLD Scholars Program - Consider Applying!
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 and some have passed but many opportunities are still available, so be sure to the check the website soon!
Tip of the Month
Do not expect that you will always have the answers to your Mentee's questions and/or challenges. Introduce your Mentee to other attorneys and professionals in your network who can assist the Mentee.
Do not expect your Mentor to have all the answers. Ask your Mentor to help you solve your problems, not solve them for you.
For more tips to help enhance the Mentor/Mentee relationship, please visit the LCLD Mentoring Toolkit.
Problems Connecting with Your Mentor/Mentee?
As always, 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 planning a 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!