Mentoring Opportunities

Mentoring Students from the Allard School of Law

You’re invited to participate in the Allard School of Law’s annual CBA Student Mentorship Program, which is a great way for lawyers to give back to the community and for students to gain an inside perspective on the legal profession. Each year the Program helps students establish meaningful professional relationships and learn more about the practical aspects of a career in law.

How it works: In the fall, mentors are matched with a law student. The matches are made based 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 (Thursday, October 25, 2018). 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 2018-2019 mentor has now passed. Please check back in the summer of 2019 regarding the 2019-2020 CBA Student Mentorship Program. Please contact Summer Ibrahim at ubcmentorship@cbabc.org with any questions or for more information.

10, 000 Coffees

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. All of the information is available here.

Mentoring Programs for Alumni

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.

Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch

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.

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

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 Jennifer Regan, Alumni Relations Manager, 604-822-2584 / regan@allard.ubc.ca.