Info for Students
To participate in the Student Program, you must:
- Be a law student at Sturm College of Law;
- Be willing to commit the necessary time to meeting once per month with your mentor;
- Be willing to communicate with your mentor regularly and to respond to communications from your mentor in a timely manner;
- Be willing to attend the beginning-of-the-year orientation/networking exception, and the end-of-the-year Appreciation Reception;
- Complete and submit the Student Application; and
- Agree to and electronically sign the “Statement of Participation” at the end of the “Law Student Application.”
If admitted to the Program, you will meet with your mentor several times each month at mutually agreed upon dates, times and places. If you meet at your mentor’s office, please dress appropriately.
The relationship you have with your mentor is largely what you and your mentor make it. Mentoring relationships within the Program vary greatly. Students and mentors often decide to meet more frequently than the Program requires; others decide to meet only as required. We ask that you and your mentor keep your discussions professional and consider the professional development purposes of the Program when meeting.
Please remember that your mentor has volunteered his or her time. Be flexible regarding your mentor’s practice obligations. Occasionally mentors have extremely busy periods where they will be unable to meet – such as the month of a trial. And although finding employment is important, do not expect your mentor to offer you a job. Your mentoring relationship is an opportunity for you to learn and develop necessary professional skills. If employment opportunities arise out of the relationship, great. However, employment opportunities from contact with a single person - i.e., your mentor - are rare; employment opportunities generally result from continued, persistent networking, relationship building and professional development.