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 2013-2014 year!
Applications from Young Lawyers are accepted on a continuous basis. Every effort will be made to pair mentors with mentees (law students) as quickly as possible, but please note that mentors applying after Friday, October 4, 2013 might not be paired until the beginning of the fall semester for following 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. Please click on the PDF letters to prospective mentors and mentees at the top of this page.
Members of the OCBA ("mentors") are paired with second and third year law students ("mentees") for one academic year beginning in the fall semester. 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 the 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 the you during the year.
Mentor applicants may not serve as mentors until approved by the OCBA Professionalism Committee and the Mentoring Committee. All mentee applicants are accepted as long as they meet the minimum requirements. Mentors and mentees are paired by the Mentoring Committee based on information provided during the application process, on a first come, first serve basis.
Participation in the Mentoring Program requires a commitment of only 10 - 15 hours over the course of an academic year.
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.