Recognizing that his students needed “real world” experience in the first year of law school, Lawyering Process Professor Michael G. Massey initiated what is now known as the Professional Mentoring Program (the “Program”) with his two sections of the Lawyering Process class in 2005. During the next year, with help from the Sturm College of Law Alumni Council, the Program expanded to several LP sections. Beginning in academic year 2008-2009, the Program offered every entering first year law student an opportunity to have a professional mentor and approximately 300 mentors were involved with the Program. No other law school in the country has such a program.

Mentors can have a remarkable professional influence on a law student’s career by offering advice not only on specific legal skills but also on classes, employment opportunities and practice areas.