The Law Student Mentoring Program is a joint initiative run by Victorian Women Lawyers and the Women Barristers’ Association.
Now in its 14th year, the program is a wonderful opportunity for female-identifying law students to gain insight into working in the law, develop valuable networks and share ideas with mentors in the legal profession. We are particularly proud to offer this opportunity for connection as the legal profession navigates the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.
This year, VWL’s theme is Resilience and Re-emergence for female identifying lawyers and law students, and all women generally, after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we gradually return to in-person work and study, the benefits that flow from a positive mentoring relationship have the potential to be immensely valuable to both mentee and mentor alike.
Pairs are encouraged to meet face-to-face (where COVID-19 restrictions allow), via video link, or over the phone. You may choose to meet at VWL and WBA events, over a virtual coffee catch up, at lunchtime, weekend brunch, at the office or however suits you best! It is recommended pairs meet at least three times over a six month period, however, pairs are welcome to meet more often and to supplement/substitute meetings with emails and phone calls – whatever you feel comfortable with.
There is no ongoing commitment at the end of the program though in the past, many mentors and mentees have formed strong professional relationships and have stayed in touch.
Applications to participate in this year’s program as a mentor or mentee are now open and close on Thursday 12 August 2021. You can apply from the links to the forms below.
Mentees must be members of VWL however mentors are not required to be members.
Matched pairs will be notified in August and a digital or in-person launch function for the program will be held shortly after, depending on public health advice.
Please contact the Law Student Mentoring Program Co-Ordinator at [email protected] if you have any questions.