Junior lawyers seek alternative mentors

Junior lawyers seek alternative mentors The Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is seeking senior lawyers and partner volunteers to adopt younger lawyers.

The JLD’s new mentoring scheme, which is run jointly with the Law Society, will train up senior lawyers across the profession to become mentors to junior lawyers at other firms.

JLD council member Grace Brass said: “The aim is to provide support for those at the early stages of their career. It’s a great opportunity for lawyers to give something back to the profession and to individuals. It’s also a good way to network and make contacts at other firms.”

The JLD membership and the pool of potential ‘mentees’ includes solicitors with up to five years’ PQE, as well as trainees and LPC students.

“We’ve all been in situations where we can do with an objective point of view,” said Brass. “Having someone impartial at the end of the phone who can give help on job offers, CVs and career development could really make a difference.”

Becoming a JLD mentor is open to anyone in the profession who has been there, explained Brass. All mentors will receive specialist training, with a half-day training session due to be held on 25 September.

So far interest has been expressed from solicitors and partners at several City firms, as well as a solicitor working within a recruitment agency. The aim is to enlist a cross-section of the profession.

The?JLD?website (http://juniorlawyers.law society.org.uk) has full details of the application process for mentors. Mentee applications will open in June.