Law Student Mentoring

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. 

Law Student Career Immersion Mentoring Program
The YLS has developed a unique career immersion mentoring program which will pair rising 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 program (runs October 2020 - April 2021). This program is intended only for 2L students. You must a current law student member of the CBA to participate. A limited number of mentors are available to students from each of the participating Chicago-area law schools and pairings will be made on a first come, first served basis. The fall 2020 program is now full for law students, but is continuing to accept applications for mentors: click here to apply as a mentorEmail lwunrow@chicagobar.org with questions and/or click here for more information about the program.

Law Student Shadowing
YLS members offer opportunities for law students to shadow them to gain an understanding of the practice of law as well as serve as an introduction to the legal profession's many practice areas. Opportunities may include shadowing a lawyer to court or for a day in the office. The YLS annually hosts a "Shadow a Lawyer Month" during which a series of shadowing opportunities will be posted on the CBA's website and shared with the CBA's law student members and local law schools. Contact Lindsay Wunrow at lwunrow@chicagobar.org for more information.

CBA Mentoring Programs
The CBA offers a variety of mentoring opportunities for members at different levels in the profession. Click here for a full list of the CBA's current mentoring programs.