Law Society Mentoring Programme

STUDENT MENTORING PROGRAMME

The Law Society of Western Australia and its Young Lawyers Committee (YLC), in partnership with the School of Law and Justice at Edith Cowan University, the School of Law at The University of Notre Dame Australia, UWA Law School and Curtin Law School invite you to join our mentoring programme for 2017.

Throughout your law degree, particularly towards the end, some of the questions in your mind may include:

“What do I say in a clerkship interview?”  “What area of law do I want to practice?” “What electives should I choose?”  “What kind of law firm is best for me?” “Should I apply for government jobs?”  “Where could I be in 5 years?”  “How do I know if I will be a good lawyer? “  “What makes a good lawyer?” “How do I deal with stresses likes exams or application process?”

This mentoring programme has been specifically tailored to assist law students by pairing you with a practising young lawyer so you can exchange questions for experience in a personal and informal manner over the course of the year (meeting about every six weeks). Mentors can give you an insight into the profession now and even as a friend throughout your career. This is a unique programme that will provide you with invaluable insights, skills and support for your years ahead in law. Whilst the programme is open to all students, you are encouraged to participate before you reach your final year of study.

If you are interested in being part of this programme, please complete the enclosed form and email it to younglawyers@lawsocietywa.asn.au by 4 pm on Friday, 24 March. ECU law students participating in the 2017 mentoring programme will also have their Law Society associate membership fee for 2017 paid by the ECU law School.

We do our best to match applicants with a practising young lawyer with experience or similar interests as those described in your application. We cannot promise to find the exact mentor you had in mind, or that we will always be able to find enough volunteers for all applicants, but we promise to do our best. If we are unable to find enough volunteers, priority will be given to finding mentors for those students in their final year of study. The first training session will be at the ECU Joondalup campus on Tuesday, March 21 from 2pm – 4pm in room JO2.147. If you are unable to attend the mentee training session at ECU, further training sessions will be held on Monday, 27 March at UWA (further details to be provided) and Thursday, 30 March 2017 from 12.30pm – 1.30pm at the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle in room ND46/209.

There will then be a formal welcome to the programme at the Law Society offices in the CBD on Wednesday, April 5 from 6.30pm – 7.30pm where you will meet your mentor. Your mentor will then contact you to catch up or just have a chat on a semi regular basis throughout the year as suits you both. If you have any questions about the programme please do not hesitate to email younglawyers@lawsocietywa.asn.au or email rupert.johnson@ecu.edu.au at Edith Cowan University.
ECU 2017_MentoringProgramme – StudentApplication[848]ECU Student Letter 2017 Final[849]

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