What is required of me? Participation is completely voluntary and the scope of the relationship is up to the parties. In a typical relationship, mentors will agree to approximately 6 meetings (for a total of about 9 hours) over the course of one year. Common areas of focus include professional development, ethics, law office management, client communication, and the legal community.

 

Become a Mentor

The need for mentoring has never been greater. Help a new lawyer develop skills while serving as a role model.

"It is an easy way to give back to the profession that has provided your livelihood."—Grand Rapids attorney Jeff York

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Find a Mentor

A good mentor will provide support and advice as you work to grow your practice.

"[My mentor] even sent me a copy of her favorite book before we met."—New attorney Erica Hoodhood

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Becoming a Mentor or Mentee*

1. Visit the Mentor Center.

2. Choose "Mentor" or "Mentee."

3. Create a user name and password, then verify via email.

4. Log in and click "Create New" to create your profile.

5. Provide basic information about your location, employment, practice area, and experience level.

6. Be sure to take advantage of the "Keywords" and "Summary" boxes. This is where you can really describe yourself, your interests, and what you're looking for in a mentor or mentee. It also ensures the best possible match.

7. You can also provide links to your website, online profile, publications, and more.

8. Click "Save."

9. You're in! Now you can search for potential mentors or mentees by location or keyword or view additional resources for using the Mentoring Center. You can also view system-generated matches or simply wait for a mentor or mentee to contact you.

10. You take it from there; the scope of the relationship is up to you!

Good luck!

*The entire sign-up process typically takes 5–10 minutes.