Information for Students
The MLS Mentor Program is open to all JD students (in 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 and should attend the MLM Mentor Program Reception (late March for Semester 1 intake, late August for Semester 2 intake). Students must also register by the registration deadline, the date of which is widely promoted to students, well in advance.
Mentees are matched with mentors (one per mentoring period of two semesters) based on nominated law area(s) of interest, gender preference (if any) of mentor, and location of mentor. Other factors such as personal hobbies/interests and educational background are also taken into account.
Mentors, who are volunteers, generally have busy schedules; meaning their time is valuable. Mentees are asked to share their commitments and availability, with priority placed on their mentor's schedule. However, it's the responsibility of the mentor and mentee to respectfully negotiate meeting times, locations and communication mediums that work best for both parties.
For Program enquiries, please contact:
Graduate Services Coordinator (Mentoring)
Melbourne Law School
+61 3 9035 6754
Commitment required from mentees
It is expected that all mentees commit to being actively and meaningfully engaged for the duration of the program.
Mentees should set realistic goals when they begin the mentor program, including what they hope to achieve or learn from their mentors. The aim of the program is to meet the needs of the students. A beneficial and rewarding mentoring relationship is often dependent on a mentee's initiative to engagement with their mentor.
Mentee are required to:
- Bring the Mentor Program Agreement to their first meeting to discuss and complete with their mentor
- Initiate communications with their mentor after the match is confirmed
- Meet with their mentor three-to-four times in the mentoring period
- Consider topics of discussion and questions for their mentor before each meeting
- Be punctual to meetings
- Communicate regularly and promptly with their mentor (based on agreement)
- Honour all commitments
- Be respectful of their mentoring relationship and communicate in a courteous manner
- Thank their mentor at the end of the mentoring program
- Keep shared information confidential.