Melbourne Law School Mentor Program
The Melbourne Law School Mentor Program provides an invaluable opportunity for students to develop a supportive relationship with an experienced law professional.
The program is designed to motivate and encourage students and, provide them with a sense of direction for their career paths.
Mentors are drawn from the legal profession and beyond, reflecting the diverse interests of our students. They are senior representatives of the legal, corporate, government and community sectors. Mentors are volunteers and are typically University of Melbourne alumni.
To learn more about what a mentorship can be, view or read the below stories of previous mentorships:
- Mohamed Khairat (JD mentee) and Justice Bernard Teague (mentor)
- Houston Ash (JD mentee) and former Premier of Victoria John Cain (mentor)
- Kathryn Wright (JD mentee) and Katherine Brazenor (mentor)
- Ipshita Chaturvedi (MLM mentee) and Jon Anstey (mentor)
- Faridah Nakayiza (MLM mentee) and Peter Billings (mentor)
Mentor registrations are welcomed year-round, with calls to register/re-register peaking in December-March and June-July for respective upcoming matching periods. Law professionals with three or more years of post-law graduation experience (LL.B, MLM or JD) are eligible to register.
"One of the benefits of being a mentor is that it constantly challenges you as to how you do things and why you do them. That self awareness and self-analysis is invaluable. Having the opportunity to assist the growth and personal development of students is a privilege. I would strongly recommend that others consider being a mentor."
Franz Holzer, Magistrate
Melbourne Law School Mentor
The MLS Mentor Program is open to all JD students (each year of their degree) and full-time international MLM students. To be eligible, JD students must attend an information session (only need to attend one, even if participating more than once); and MLM students will receive a Program briefing in their Orientation, attend an information session after Orientation, and attend the MLM Mentor Program Lunch (mid-April for Semester 1 cohort or mid-September for Semester 2 cohort). JD students must register and MLM students my apply by the deadline, the dates of which are widely promoted, well in advance.
"Jon is not just an incredible mentor but also an amazing person. He would find time to meet me and answer my 1200 questions in the middle of his busy schedule. Our conversations were not restricted to just jobs and making a living but something beyond that. I hope someday I can mentor someone the way he mentored me – with patience and sincerity,"
Ipshita Chaturved, Master of Laws graduate
Melbourne Law School Mentee