Young Lawyers Section
Law Student Mentoring Program
Welcome! Basic information regarding the mentoring program is below, but please browse our website for applications, downloads, and FAQs.
We are gearing up for the 2014-2015 year!
The Program is designed to foster in law students an early appreciation for the importance of professionalism in the practice of law. It is also designed to assist law students in preparing for the transition from law school into practicing law.
Members of the OCBA ("mentors") are paired with second and third year law students ("mentees") for one academic year from October 2014 to April 2015. During that year, the mentor/mentee pair participates in at least six activities of their choosing. These activities may be as simple as discussing various topics over email, bringing the mentee to a deposition or trial, or attending an OCBA, YLS, or other voluntary Bar luncheon. All that the Mentoring Program requires is that you commit to completing at least six activities over the academic year. This commitment is made in the form of a Mentoring Plan. The Mentoring Plan has over 50 suggested activities, and is designed to provide a road map to guide you during the year.Mentors and Mentee must apply through this website.
Mentor applicants may not serve as mentors until approved by the OCBA Professionalism Committee and the Mentoring Committee.
All mentee applicants that apply through this website are pre-qualified for acceptance as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Given the limitation in the number of available mentors, mentees will be selected according to the process set forth by their law school. At a minimum, mentees must participate in the mandatory mentoring presentation hosted at their law school. Mentees not located in the Orlando area should contact a member of the Mentoring Committee for more information. Mentors and mentees are paired by the Mentoring Committee based on information provided during the application process. Mentors and Mentees will receive notification of selection on or before October 6, 2014.
Participation in the Mentoring Program requires a commitment of only 10 - 15 hours over the course of an academic year.
Mark Your Calendar for Important Mentoring Dates This Year!
Deadline for Mentor and Mentee Applications: September 15, 2014 --> EXTENDED TO September 30, 2014 !
Mentoring Kick-Off Luncheon: October 17, 2014 (12noon at Citrus Club)
End-of-Year Mentoring Activity: April 10, 2015
Thank you again for your interest in the Mentoring Program. Please use the tabs at the top of this website to apply to be a mentor or mentee. You may also contact one of the committee members for more information.