Two characteristics distinguish the Lawyering Process Mentor Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law from other mentoring programs: structure and time. Mentors become an integral part of the first year research, writing and communication program and the minimum time requirement is under three hours a semester. Unlike traditional approaches taken in most mentoring programs, mentors and students have defined responsibilities, a fixed number of meetings and established objectives.
Each mentor is assigned to a specific student for the entire academic year. Before each substantive meeting, the mentor receives instructions and any necessary documents from the Lawyering Process professor in whose section the mentor’s student is enrolled.
The focus of the fall semester is objective legal writing. Students and mentors meet a minimum of three times:
- A general reception to introduce mentors and students
- A meeting to discuss research and memo writing techniques
- A meeting during which the mentor hears the student’s oral presentation of research results based on a specific class problem and offers feedback on both the presentation and the research
The focus of the Lawyering Process course in the spring semester changes from objective writing to persuasive writing. There are a minimum of three meetings:
- A general reception at the beginning of spring semester
- A meeting to discuss complaints, answers, and motions
- A meeting for the mentor to hear the student’s oral argument and offer feedback
An annual mentor-student thank you dinner concludes the formal year program.
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