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How to find a Law Mentor

How to find a Law Mentor
« on: May 30, 2006, 09:10:31 PM »
Hi everyone,

Yes, I'm a first-time poster, but also long-term reader.
I wonder if anyone has a mentor here. How did you meet
that person? I have no idea how. My school advertises
a mentor program, but I found out that the person who
set up that program no longer works for the school and
her replacement is a political science prof. who is
really no help in that department.

As you all might know, a mentor is really helpful
to people that are economically disadvantaged and/or
minority as we have no one to give us that personal
insight into law.

Any ideas as to how I might find a mentor of my own
would be appreciated.

I am suprised that there is no organization that
has addressed this issue.


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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006, 02:30:35 PM »
tag!!! Excellent post Matthies! Gracias otra vez!!

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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2006, 05:33:35 PM »
Thankyou King!

I wanted to say that I had been trying to take a proactive role in
finding a mentor, but my search has come up empty.
I have even looked online, but I've only found mentor programs
you have to pay for.
The polysci guy at my college was useless for suggestions.
Maybe the reason it is difficult for me is because I am a college
senior this fall. I believe you have me mistaken for someone who will be a 1L.

Anyway the advice you gave is very thorough and helpful
(some of it I can use now, and some in the future).

Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2006, 06:11:11 PM »
Contact career services at your undergrad and ask about alums who went on to practice law in the area. Then contact them. You never know, maybe one of them will become your mentor!


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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2006, 01:39:39 PM »
I'm a non-trad minority student who has been out of ug for 2yrs.  I have an excellent person in mind who i would love to be my mentor.  She is a law clerk for a judge, teaches in the paralegal program @ my alma mater (that's how we met) & is on the board of one of the minority law associations.  I'm pretty sure there's even more that she does that i don't know about.  She's extremely smart & active.  Anyway, we crossed paths about 2mos ago for the 1st time in 4yrs.  I told her that i wasn't in ls yet, but that i'm taking the Sept LSAT.  She gave me her card & told me to SERIOUSLY keep in touch w/her as she can help me in the process of getting into school. 
My questions are:  how do I ask her & when(before & after the lsat?)

Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2006, 03:24:28 PM »
Mentoring is a lot less formal than you're making it out to be. Just think of your mentor as someone you can ask questions to. If you have a question about the LSAT and how she prepared for it, by all means ask her before you take the test. If you don't, then ask her questions whenever you have them.


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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2006, 03:53:36 PM »
your right.  i was completely thinking of it on formal terms.  thanks for the advice. 

Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2006, 02:54:16 AM »
I've also found out that not a lot of law students attend local bar events, law firm receptions, etc.; at least, not where I am. Going to those events have been a great way for me to network and get in touch with people. Now, if I need to get a judge for a speaker's event, I have a few I can call.

Mattias's point about giving back is quite good, too. You're getting help -- make sure that you're passing it along. I think the "treat others as you want to be treated" has worked well for me thus far.


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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2006, 09:53:39 AM »
I agree.  I met bumped into my former instructor/soon to be mentor at a bar event.  I plan on attending as many of these events as i can b/c i've had the opportunity to meet judges, attys, law students...people at all stages, from different fields of law, different minorities in law.  These are great networking events.

And I will give back, whatever I can to help...i totally believe in doing so.


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Re: How to find a Law Mentor
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2006, 01:26:08 PM »
This may piggyback on the King's post, which I did not read to completion, but it is all about networking and doing so IN PERSON.  I've had several mentors/connections that I I've made just by approaching important ppl at events and talking to them. If the conversation is interesting and you strike them as someone with a lot of potential in the field, they will be more than willing to keep in touch. 

I met my mentor through a law-firmed sponsored event for accepted students at one of the schools I applied to.  I ended up chit-chatting with a partner from the sponsoring firm who told me to KIT. I e-mailed him about a week later and he remembered everything about our conversation.  He put me in touch with an Associate in my area of interest to mentor me. I had a long phone conversation with the Associate and have been in contact with him for advice ever since. 

I'm sure it will come very easy once you start attending LS related events.