Women's Mentoring Program

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN?

The Law Society of NSW Women's Mentoring Program engages 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.

Women's Mentoring has partnered with Art of Mentoring to deliver best practice mentoring techniques and support to all Mentees and Mentors in the program.

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 matches. However, 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 in participating in the program as a mentee or mentor, please contact your program manager.

HOW TO JOIN THE PROGRAM

Please complete an online application form to provide the information needed to enable effective matching. Please note: when you click on the link to the online application form you will be taken to a separate website operated by Art of Mentoring, a third party, not The Law Society of New South Wales. Any information you provide on the application form or generally on the website will be collected by Art of Mentoring, not The Law Society of New South Wales, and managed in conjunction with the Law Society, unless otherwise indicated.

Please note there is a cost of $140 (Inc. GST) for Mentees. Mentees will be directed to make this payment directly to the Law Society from the Art of Mentoring application page.

PROGRAM DATES

23 November 2018        Applications open

27 November 2018       Information Session webinar

25 January 2019             Applications close

Mid February 2019      Matching process complete and participants notified

27 February 2019          Information workshop and program launch cocktail reception

30 July 2019                    Progress review meeting 

10 December 2019        Program closing meeting

REQUIREMENTS OF MENTEES

To be eligible, mentees must:

  • Be female with 5+ years of 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.

REQUIREMENTS OF 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.