The Professional Mentoring Program offers all DU Law students (Juris Doctorate and graduate programs) and recent graduates the opportunity to develop a professional relationship with a mentor. Students and recent graduates who participate in the Program (often called “mentees”) are matched with mentors according to career interest areas and other factors. Once matched, mentees and mentors engage in a series of discussions guided by suggested discussion topics provided by the Program.
The Professional Mentoring Program has four-sub programs. The Juris Doctorate Program matches JD students with an attorney or judge mentor. The Transition Program matches recent Juris Doctorate graduates with the same. The Summer Program matches current Juris Doctorate students with a mentor during the summer, often in situations where a student wants a mentor located in a market outside of the Denver Metropolitan Area. Finally, the Graduate Mentoring Programs offer current graduate students in the law school the opportunity to connect with an alumnus of their graduate program or a comparable professional, which is accomplished through coordination of the Professional Mentoring Program and the staff and faculty leaders of the student’s graduate 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.