Mentoring is a fantastic opportunity to give back to the legal community while expanding your network, learning from peers, and making a meaningful difference in another lawyer’s career by simply sharing your knowledge, experience and advice. Having a mentor is highly beneficial as a mentor can help you enhance your professional and personal life when moving forward in your career. Below is a list of mentoring programs for those in the legal profession that are available in British Columbia.
Please note that mentoring is now included as an accredited activity to fulfill the Law Society of British Columbia’s mandatory Continuing Professional Development requirement. Click here for more information.
What It Does: This annual program allows lawyers to give back to the community by helping Allard Law students as to establish meaningful professional relationships and identify individual career interests. Previous mentors have guided thousands of students on the practical aspects of a career in law; by participating this year, you can be a part of this legacy!
How it works: Apply now to be matched with a law student in the fall. Matches are made on practice areas of interest or other self-identified grounds (e.g. gender, sexual orientation, country where you obtained your law degree, etc.). Once matched, students contact their mentors to arrange for a meeting or coordinate attendance at the annual Mentorship Reception (Wednesday, October 30, 2019). Mentors are encouraged to interact with students in the manner and frequency that works best for the pair, which can include attending the mentor’s office, observing court appearances, or simply discussing life in the legal profession.
The deadline to apply to be a 2019-2020 mentor is August 30, 2019. Lawyers interested in volunteering in the Program are encouraged to complete the Mentor Form on the CBABC website. Please contact Gabrielle Guarino at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more information.
You are encouraged to join 10,000 Coffees, a virtual mentoring platform! Alumni UBC has created a unique hub such that UBC alumni can both seek and offer mentorship to other UBC alumni and students.
The Women Lawyers Forum and Aboriginal Lawyers Forum invite lawyers in BC to take part in their mentoring programs. You can also join a Section or Forum to meet potential mentors or mentees.
Any TLABC member may request a mentor from the association with experience in a particular area of law. This mentor will be available for informal consultation on an as-needed basis, as well as for regular meetings with the mentee.
Do you work outside of the Lower Mainland?
If you work as a lawyer or in an alternative legal career outside of the Lower Mainland (in other areas of British Columbia, other provinces, or other countries) and you are interested in being contacted by law students who are considering employment or other opportunities in your region, please contact the Special Projects Lead, Lindsay Cashin (email@example.com or 604-822-9055).