Information for Mentors
Mentor registrations are welcomed year-round, with calls to register/re-register peaking in December-February and June for respective upcoming matching periods. Law professionals with three or more years of post-law graduation (LL.B, MLM or JD) experience are eligible to register.
Mentors are matched with a Melbourne Law School student based on the mentor's nominated law area(s) of expertise, gender preference (if any) of mentee, and location. Other factors such as personal hobbies/interests and educational background are also taken into account. Matching occurs in March for the Semester 1 full-time international MLM intake, April for the JD intake, and August for the Semester 2 full-time international MLM intake.
Depending on the cohort in which they are matched, mentors are invited to either the MLM Mentor Program Reception (late March in Semester 1, late August in Semester 2) or the JD Mentors' Reception (early May).
While the mentor program has well-developed objectives for its mentoring pairs, each mentor and mentee bring their own perspectives to the program.
“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
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For Program enquiries, please contact:
Graduate Services Coordinator (Mentoring)
Melbourne Law School
+61 3 9035 6754
Commitment required from mentors
Mentors and mentees (students) are expected meet three-to-four times during the mentoring period (two semesters). Meetings can be face-to-face, via email, phone or video call.
The program is intended to support the busy schedules of mentors, with mentees expected to initiate contact and prioritise the schedule of their mentor.
Mentors are provided with a range of support documentation to help them prepare for their mentorship. Mentees are required to bring a Mentor Program Agreement to their first meeting. The document is designed for the mentor and mentee to identify and agree upon shared objectives of their mentorship.
Mentors may engage their mentee with any of the following:
- Discussions on a variety of work/law/career-related matters
- Work shadowing (if appropriate)
- Attend court/meetings with mentee (if appropriate)
- Attend a public lecture together
- Introduce your mentee to colleagues (if appropriate)
- If mentoring an international student, assist to develop a network of professional contacts in Australia
- Assist with goal-setting and decision-making
Mentors are not required nor encouraged to provide subject tutoring, offer jobs/clerkships/internships or provide personal counselling.