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LawWorks believes in the power of pro bono legal advice to help improve the lives of people in need.

LawWorks operates the Choices Project for qualified solicitors. This project is designed to enable unemployed solicitors and those on a career break to take part in pro bono work whilst seeking permanent employment. To find out more, visit the LawWorks website.

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Mentoring

ulaw-primary-strapThe University of Law (formerly The College of Law) arranges mentors for a limited number of students.  There are never enough mentors to match the numbers of students applying, so if anyone is interested, please have a look at the FAQs. You’ll see that the time commitment is a minimum of four sessions, during the academic year, and there is no expectation, that you would provide any work experience, for the mentee. If you would like an informal chat with a member of the AWS committee, who is already a mentor, please contact Jessica Standley at jessica.standley@slatergordon.co.uk

If you have any other queries or would like to apply please email careersmentoring@law.ac.uk

Please indicate on the form or in a covering e mail that you are a member of AWS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Would you be interested in mentoring GDL or LPC students? Whatever level of qualification and experience you have, it could be of great benefit to the student and to you.

What is the time commitment?

The time commitment is a minimum of four contacts with the mentees: one of these contacts should be a face-to-face meeting, but the others could be via e-mail or telephone. If mentors are able to offer more than a minimum commitment and/or include a short period of work shadowing, then this benefits the student further, however, this is at the discretion of the mentor and is not expected by the student.

Do I need to provide work experience?

No, in fact, students are given specific guidance on the limits of the mentoring relationship, and are asked not to approach you about work experience at your firm. It is recognised that this would not be possible for many mentors, either because they are fairly recently qualified and do not have this influence, or because of the firm’s recruitment policies etc.

Who would I be matched with?

If you indicate that you are from the Association of Women solicitors, then a female student will be matched with you. There is a reception, facilitated by the University, in November each year to which all mentors and mentees are invited and you will be introduced to your mentee at that event.

Why do solicitors mentor?

Many mentors find it personally satisfying to guide a student through the myriad issues which arise. It is also a worthwhile addition to your own CV and, by attending the November reception for mentors and mentees, it is an opportunity to expand your network of legal contacts.

More Information: What Is Mentoring?

If you would like to find out more please read the attached ‘What is Mentoring?’ document. If you have any queries please contact careersmentoring@law.ac.uk

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I would like to become a mentor

If you are interested in becoming a mentor please complete the attached ‘New Mentors Details Form’ and return it to careersmentoring@law.ac.uk

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