Women's Mentoring Program

Why you should join the program

The Law Society of NSW Women's Mentoring Program pairs women in the profession with experienced practitioners to support and encourage their career progression through a mutually-beneficial mentoring relationship.

The program aims to contribute to the advancement of women in leadership roles across the profession, including the position of principal in private practice, the Bar and the Bench.

For further information, read The Law Society of NSW Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession.

Finding your mentor

The Law Society has partnered with Art of Mentoring to deliver best practice mentoring techniques and support to all mentees and mentors in the Law Society of NSW Women's Mentoring program.

Together with the Law Society, Art of Mentoring will endeavour to find suitable mentee/mentor matches. If an appropriate match cannot be found your fee will be fully refunded by the Law Society.

As part of the Law Society’s Indigenous Reconciliation Strategic Plan the fee will be waived for Indigenous mentees.

If you have any questions about participating in the program as a mentee or mentor, please contact your program manager.  

Eligibility criteria - mentors

To be eligible, our mentors must:

  • Be experienced, senior lawyers with at least 10 years PQE (both men and women);
  • Be a member of the Law Society of NSW;
  • Be willing to meet with their assigned mentee on a voluntary basis at least once per month over the 10 month program;
  • Agree to a check being conducted with the Law Society’s Professional Standards Department to ensure there are no disciplinary reasons why the applicant should not be accepted into the program.  

 Eligibility criteria - mentees

To be eligible, mentees must:

  • Be female with 5+ years experience as a practising lawyer;
  • Be a member of the Law Society of NSW;
  • Be in current employment as a solicitor;
  • Commit to meeting with their mentor at least once per month for the ten month program;
  • Complete and submit an online application form with payment;
  • Agree to a check being conducted with the Law Society’s Professional Standards Department to ensure there are no disciplinary reasons why the applicant should not be accepted into the program.

 

How to join the program

The next Women's Mentoring Program will begin in July 2020.

If you would like to be part of the 2020 program, please complete the expression of interest form and we will email you when applications open.