Info for Mentors
The Program asks that participants to do everything in their power to meet at least once per month (i.e., about three times per semester for Juris Doctorate students, or two times per quarter for graduate students) throughout the academic year. We also hope that your commitment will be to work with the same student(s) throughout their time at DU Law, not only in their first year. The date, time and place of each meeting is established by the mentor and the student. The Program sends monthly Meeting Reminder E-mails that can be used to spur coordination between mentors and mentees regarding when and where to meet.
At the meetings, mentors and mentees are free to discuss any professional topic they like. However, the Program provides Discussion Topics mentors and mentees can use these suggested topics as a conversation guide regarding topics in which the mentee is probably interested. For example, the First Year Discussion Topics encourage discussion about legal research and writing, possible career paths, and the legal community, among other topics. In contrast, the Third Year Discussion Topics include more nuanced discussion on topics like client communication, goal-setting, and work-life balance.
In addition to the monthly topic meetings, mentors and students are asked to attend one orientation meeting at the beginning of each academic year, as well as an end of the year Volunteer Appreciation Reception. The Program also invites mentors and mentees to a breakfast reception following the winter break, and we offer free continuing legal education (CLE) events sponsored by the law school throughout the year. The Program Calendar lists recurring event dates for the academic year, though continuing legal education seminars are promoted by e-mail throughout the year.
The amount of contact between a mentor and a mentee varies greatly. Many mentors and mentees discuss the suggested topics and meet more frequently to discuss other issues. Others meet as suggested. The frequency of meetings other than the topic meetings is totally up to the mentor and the mentee.
As a mentor, you can choose to be assigned a Juris Doctorate student in the day division (1L, 2L, or 3L), a Juris Doctorate student in the evening division (1L, 2L, 3L, or 4L), or a student in one of the law school’s graduate programs (Master of Legal Studies, Master of Laws (LLM) in American Law Practice, Environmental & Natural Resources Law and Policy, Taxation, or International Business Transactions). Information you provide on the Mentor Registration Form will be used to match you with a mentee. Absent unusual circumstances, you will be paired with your mentee during his or her law school career and, hopefully, your relationship will continue thereafter as your mentee transitions from law school to practice.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete and submit the Mentor Registration Form. After submittal, you will receive a confirmation email. Contact information for your mentee and the Program Calendar will be forwarded to you via email as soon as the Program matches you with a student (usually occurring in late-July or August).