What is the NAWL Mentorship Program?
The program is geared toward the professional advancement and support of lawyers with less than 10 years in practice. The program matches junior lawyers with senior lawyer mentors from around the country in a variety of practice areas. Participants in the program must be NAWL members.
Not a NAWL member? Click here to get information about becoming a member and the advantages of being a NAWL member.
As a Mentee, What Is Expected of Me?
Mentees are encouraged to take initiative as participants in the program and to assume an active role in their own development. This includes identifying and sharing their needs with their mentors, being receptive to feedback, setting realistic goals, contributing ideas to solving problems, asking questions and listening.
Mentees are expected to respect their mentors’ time and confidentiality. Mentees should not share their mentors’ personal feelings or ideas with a third party unless authorized by their mentors and should respect their mentors’ time as if it was their own.
In order to make the mentorship relationship effective, mentees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, continually evaluate how well they are meeting their goals and be committed to self-development.
To request additional information about being a mentee, click here.
To become a mentee in the NAWL Mentorship Program, click here.
As a Mentor, What Is Expected of Me?
The main goals for mentors are to support and act as a resource for their mentees. Mentors may accomplish these goals in different ways, which include:
- Guidance: Mentors can help junior lawyers navigate through the transition from student to practicing lawyer; provide information on the dynamics of a law firm, solo practice, in house law department or government agency; share insight regarding practice development and professionalism; and guide mentees to career resources.
- Motivation: Mentors can encourage their mentees and motivate them to identify their goals and take concrete steps to achieve those goals.
- Coaching: Mentors can serve as role models and provide constructive feedback to mentees to promote professional growth and objectives
- Advice: Mentors can serve as advisors for their mentees by listening to their concerns and helping mentees develop their professional interests.
Mentors are expected to respect their mentees’ time and confidentiality. Mentors should not share their mentees’ personal feelings or idea with a third party unless authorized by their mentees and should respect their mentees’ time as if it was their own.
Mentors are required to make a one-year commitment to the program and contact their mentees regularly.
To request additional information about being a mentor and the complimentary one year NAWL membership, click here.
To become a mentor in the NAWL Mentorship Program, click here.
"My experience so far with the NAWL mentoring program has been great! When I first reached out to NAWL to be matched with a mentor, I was in need of career direction. I had been practicing law for about 9 months, and was feeling the pressure to figure out my whole career future as I approached the 1-year mark. I had questions about my work environment, practicing law, career advancement, and potential future career changes. After my first meeting with my mentor, I felt like I could breathe again! I have now had a mentor for about 6 months, and I feel that I have grown so much. The experiences she has shared with me from her career have pushed me to think about my career in a different way. It is great to be able to bounce ideas off of her when I have issues or questions. I truly think it is so important and helpful to have someone outside of my work environment, and even outside of my area or practice to gain career advice from. I encourage more young attorneys to get involved in the program!" - Virginia Graves, NAWL Mentee.