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 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. Attorneys at LCLD Member organizations (or LCLD Alumni) serve as Mentors to underrepresented first-year law students.
The goal of this program 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 (Virtual)
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 7,600 Mentors and Mentees.
First-year law students are eligible to be paired with an LCLD Mentor attorney. Depending on your city, law student Mentee registration will begin September 15, October 1, or October 15. Click here for more information about the Individual Mentoring Program.
Group Mentoring (Virtual)
The second component of the program is the Group Mentoring Program (GMP). This year the GMP events will be virtual. LCLD has also developed a GMP as an additional 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. Due to COVID-19 these events will take place in a virtual presentation.
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 review the 2020-2021 Mentoring Program Prospectus linked in the "Resources" section at the bottom of this page, or contact Nancy Richardson, LCLD Program Manager.
Connect with other Mentees and receive helpful news articles by joining the LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program LinkedIn group.
Browse photos from past mentoring events in the photo gallery below.