Career Immersion Mentoring Program

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) provides several opportunities for law students to receive mentoring and guidance from members of the bar and to gain practical insights into everyday legal practice. 

Program Description

The YLS has developed a unique career immersion mentoring program which will pair 2L law students with attorney mentors who will guide you through a series of experiences that will benefit your career.  Examples of experiences may include conducting a mock interview, shadowing the attorney during a virtual hearing or deposition, or having the attorney edit a writing sample. The goal is to "meet" virtually with your mentor once per month during the program (runs October 2020 through April 2021). This program is intended for rising 2L students. You must a current law student member of the CBA to participate.   

Fall 2020 Program Schedule and Materials

Week of September 28, 2020: Introductions and Pairings

Month 1: Career Preparation (October 2020)
Suggested activities:
Mentor conducts a virtual mock interview with mentee and provides feedback
Mentor reviews mentee’s resume and provides feedback
Attend a CBA LinkedIn profile review appointment
Attend a Career Advancement Program together and discuss what was learned

Helpful Materials:
Harvard Law School – Questions and Answers for a Mock Interview
JD Journal – Ten Traits That Say You are Partner Material
New England Law – How to Write Your Law School Resume with No Legal Experience
The Balance Careers – Sample Cover Letter Tips and Examples for Aspiring Lawyers
Wired – How to Ace an Online Job Interview

Month 2: Networking (November 2020)
Suggested Activities:
Mentor coordinates virtual meet-up with another lawyer or judge to introduce mentee to
Organize a group networking meeting with other program participants in similar practice area (suggested practice area groups will be emailed to mentors)
Watch The Basics of Networking for New Attorneys together and discuss
Read and discuss networking tips 

Helpful Materials:
Above the Law – The Power of Networking
Lewis & Clark Law School – The Rules of Law Student Engagement (Networking Advice)
Lexis Nexis – Networking Tips for Lawyers: The Art of Schmoozing
Vault – Networking with Fellow Law Students

Month 3: Practice Skills (February 2021)
Suggested Activities:
Mentor arranges for mentee to virtually shadow a deposition, court hearing, or client meeting
Mentor facilitates a mock memo drafting experience for mentee
Mentor facilitates a mock litigation experience for mentee
Mentor offers 3-5 personalized tips on navigating unwritten legal cultural rules
Mentor and mentee attend virtual court proceeding during a weekday

Helpful Materials:
ABA for Law Students – The Importance of Gaining Practical Legal Skills
Above the Law – Seven Skills Attorneys Have
Lawyer Edu – Lawyer Core Skills and Values
LinkedIn – The Legal Skills of the 21st Century

Month 4: Thought Leadership (March 2021)
Suggested Activities:
Mentee drafts and mentor reviews an article for the CBA’s @theBar Blog
Mentor reviews a piece written by mentee for another publication of mentee’s choosing
Mentor and mentee co-produce video segment for YLS Vlog Series

Helpful Materials:
Above the Law – Three Thoughts on Thought Leadership
Attorney at Work – How to Become a Thought Leader
Attorney at Work – Seven Statistics That Prove How Valuable Thought Leadership Marketing Is
Copocetic – Four Tips for Attorney Thought-Leadership Marketing During COVID-19

Month 5: Service (April 2021)
Suggested Activities:
Both participate in a virtual pro bono opportunity
Both plan to participate in a non-virtual pro bono opportunity
Continue pro bono discussion and consider role of service within the legal industry

Helpful Materials:
Above the Law – How Pro Bono Service Improves a Lawyer’s Empathy
Law Practice Today – The Benefits of Community Service to the Lawyer
ISBA – Pro Bono in the Age of COVID-19
Paladin – Pro Bono Opportunity Guide
SEC Chair (Fmr.) Mary Jo White – Public Service: An Obligation and Opportunity for Lawyers

Week of May 3, 2021: Evaluation and wrap-up