Connecting final year law students and recent law graduates with young lawyers to gain support and guidance through the transition from student life into the legal profession.
Click the following links to find out more about the Graduate Mentoring Program:
To be eligible to apply as a mentee or mentor in the Graduate Program, you must meet the following criteria:
- You are in your final year of study of an accredited law course, or
- You are within 10 months of completing your law degree, or
- You are undertaking your Practical Legal Training (PLT) component, or
- You are within your first year of employment;
- You commit to meeting with your mentor at least once per month for the 10-month program;
- You complete and submit an online application form with payment.
- You are within two to five years PQE, or
- You are under the age of 36;
- You are willing to meet with your assigned mentee on a voluntary basis at least once per month over the 10-month program;
- You agree to a check being conducted with the Law Society of NSW Professional Standards Department to ensure there are no disciplinary reasons why you should not be accepted into the program.
Applications open - 6 April 2020
Applications close - 5 June 2020
Program launch event - 22 July 2020
Mid program event - 18 November 2020
Program close - 5 May 2021
Register your interest to join the 2020 Graduate Mentoring Program and we will email you when applications open.
As a mentee, you are responsible for establishing the path you would like to follow during the mentoring process. The main aim of the mentoring relationship is to help you determine your broad career and personal development goals and define a plan to help you follow them through. You are responsible for driving the relationship, setting the agenda and arranging the meetings with your mentor. You need to take a proactive role in shaping the relationship with your mentor by:
- Understanding what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicating your goals and aspirations clearly to your mentor
- Setting aside time for the mentoring process, being flexible with meeting times and locations and keeping all scheduled appointments with your mentor
- Having your topics for discussion at each meeting planned in advance
- Responding to your mentor's feedback in a timely manner
- Being honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses
- Balancing the personal and professional relationship with your mentor
- Always displaying professional behaviour
Participation and matching will depend on suitable mentors applying, and therefore is not guaranteed.
A mentor is a guide, a friend and a resource who derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. You will be expected to meet with your mentee for around an hour at least once a month during the course of the program. Meetings can take place either face-to-face, or by phone or Skype. You should work with your mentee to determine what kind of support will be most useful to them including general career advice, technical advice and personal encouragement. As a mentor you should inspire, encourage and support your mentee and contribute to their professional and personal development by:
- Committing to at least one hour of support per month for your mentee
- Setting aside time for the mentoring process and honouring all appointments you've agreed to with your mentee
- If appropriate, inviting your mentee to meetings or activities
- Checking-in with your mentee frequently via phone, email or face-to-face
- Keeping any information your mentee shares with you confidential. If your mentee raises something that needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange that fosters your mentee's creativity and independence
- Helping to build your mentee's self-confidence and offer encouragement when needed
- Providing honest and timely feedback and ensuring there are plenty of opportunities for your mentee to ask questions and talk about any concerns they may have
- Above all, listen
Participation and matching will depend on suitable mentees applying, and therefore is not guaranteed.
There is an administration fee of $60 (inc GST) for mentees only*. There are no fees for mentors as they are volunteering their time.
Payment must be made via the payment gateway link in the online application form. In the instance where an appropriate mentor match cannot be found, your fee will be fully refunded.
*As part of the Law Society's Indigenous Reconciliation Strategic Plan, the fee will be waived for Indigenous mentees.
A few pointers before you apply:
- Make sure you have read all the program information and understand your commitments before you apply
- The application will take about 10 minutes and needs to be completed in full for acceptance into the program - your progress is saved as you go
- We recommend using a desktop or laptop as some questions require detailed responses.
Applications for the 2020 Graduate Mentoring Program will open on 6 April 2020.
Click here to register your interest in this program and we will email you when applications open.
The Law Society has partnered with Art of Mentoring to deliver best practice mentoring techniques and support all mentees and mentors involved in our programs. Each mentoring program has its own dedicated online platform where you can apply for the program and find all the necessary program resources in one place. This platform is accessible via desktop, phone or tablet anywhere, anytime.