Is there anything else I should know about life as a mentor? «As a new mentor to the program, I find the mentees` enthusiasm contagious and their hard work – especially in debates – inspiring! The legal outreach staff is professional and dedicated – and my mentee and I look forward to attending all the fun social events they host. I believe the program is a formula for success with many different elements focused on developing the professional and social skills of mentees! – Jeanette Redmond, Federal Law Society Council Answer: No, mentors are not required to work in a law firm. In fact, mentors don`t even have to be practicing lawyers. It is important that the mentor has studied law and knows how to present legal arguments. Q: Do I have to be an attorney to serve a student in the College Bound program? While students primarily prepare for their constitutional debates with their debate coaches and legal outreach staff, mentors also provide support. For example, a mentor could help a student understand legal advice or invite the mentee to practice oral reasoning in front of co-workers. In the debates themselves, mentors provide moral support and help evaluate the competition. While we require mentors to have a law degree, no litigation experience is required, and corporate lawyers are just as valuable as litigators. A: While mentors should try to attend any event, we understand that they sometimes leave the city or have weekend commitments at work. In these cases, we ask mentors to contact their mentee and program coordinator and try to send someone in their place. «Mentoring LO was an enriching and refreshing experience that easily exceeded my expectations. It`s so important to find the time to give back to motivate others, and LO is a perfect opportunity to do that.

I like to think of [legal education] as a «dream maker.» They are fantastic at planning, organizing and communicating with mentors. – Toussant Boyce, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP These are legal services that only regulated lawyers are authorized to provide. This is because they involve handling your money or representing it in court. The law firms we regulate may engage in these reserved legal activities: Answer: Mentors stay with their mentees for three years until the student completes the bachelor`s degree. If for any reason a mentor cannot stay in the program for three years, we will assign the student a new mentor. Mentors are encouraged to host one external event per month with their mentee. During the months that students participate in debates, mentors typically spend an extra hour helping their mentees prepare for debates. Mentors are encouraged to communicate with their mentees in person, by phone or email. An important part of the legal outreach program is pairing students with mentors who advocate (to some extent) for the community. We hope that mentors will serve as role models for our students by meeting with their mentee at least once a month to help students prepare for a constitutional law debate and connect with Solidger. Being a mentor is a wonderful way to make a difference in the life of one of our students.

Many mentors develop close bonds with their mentee and are a part of their lives until registration and after registration. We hope you will join the ranks of our current 160 mentor lawyers across the city. A: We strongly encourage mentors to recommend the program to their friends and colleagues. If a number of employees are interested in participating, the program coordinator can arrange a presentation on the mentoring program in their workplace. The Legal Ombudsman, a separate organization from the Lawyers Regulatory Authority, investigates complaints about services consumers have received from their legal service provider and works to resolve the situation. Examples of poor service include slow actions and costs that are unclear or changeable. Answer: Any lawyer interested in becoming a mentor can complete an online application. Please contact us for more information or complete our online mentorship application. Response: Mentors participate in legal awareness debates and serve as role models, friends and advisors to their mentee. With respect to the debate program, mentors help their mentee prepare for each debate and act as judges for each debate. The debates take place twice a year, once in November and the other in March. Qualified students can participate in a third debate at the end of March/beginning of April.

Answer: If you are assigned a mentee, take mentoring training and learn everything you need to know about mentoring. More information on the legal activities booked is available on the Legal Service website. We regulate this company and they have to follow our rules. It is authorized to provide all legal services. The areas of law show what kind of work this firm does. Reserved Activities lists the specific legal activities that this firm can perform because we regulate them as a law firm. Every business owner reaches a point where the speed at which work needs to be done dwarfs their ability to keep up, as well as their confidence to know what`s next. Think. How many times have you wondered, «Should I hire a paralegal, an employee or a day lawyer next?» We can help you find the answers. Answer: In the 2022-2023 school year, the mentorship program will take place virtually, with the hope that our community can transition to live programming as soon as possible.

New and returning mentors will participate in a virtual orientation session (via Zoom) in September 2022 to learn more about best practices in virtual mentoring. Answer: Yes, the most fruitful relationships are those developed outside of our planned events. However, mentors must also establish a relationship with the mentee`s parents and inform parents if they wish to meet with mentees. Answer: Yes, one of the benefits of becoming a second-year student in the College Bound program is having a lawyer mentor who can help the student prepare for constitutional law debates. Question: Should I do research as a debate mentor? The Legal Mentorship Program pairs students (mentees) from the Legal Outreach «College Bound» program with lawyers and judges (mentors) from the New York City area. Only same-sex couples are established. At the beginning of their second year, students are assigned mentors who stay in touch with them throughout their high school years. College Bound students come from New York City`s public high schools located in underserved communities. Mentoring time is approximately five hours of personal contact per month, with no occasional email and phone correspondence. Most of these contacts take place during the debates. The debates, for which experienced lawyers can earn up to three continuing education credits per reporting cycle, take place over four Friday evenings.

Social and cultural events, of which there are three or four per year, are usually held on Saturday or Sunday afternoons during the months when no debate is scheduled. We accept mentorship applications throughout the year and conduct mentoring/mentee placements in September. Legal Outreach is available to give a presentation on your law firm`s or organization`s mentorship program. Mentors and mentees also spend time together outside of structured legal outreach activities. Popular activities include going to the movies and museum, sharing dessert at Serendipity, bowling at Chelsea Piers, playing sports in the park, attending a ball game, volunteering at a soup kitchen, visiting the mentor`s office, and enjoying a meal prepared by the mentee`s family.