Mentoring Programmes

Gaining a mentor or becoming a mentor can be a very valuable part of career development and progression. The Law Society provides opportunities for those starting out on their career journey to be matched with a suitable mentor and in doing so provides the opportunity for senior members of the profession to pass on their knowledge and experience by becoming mentors.

The Law Society has three targeted mentoring programmes for specific segments of the profession which aim to meet specific needs as follows: 

Law Student Mentoring Programme

The Law Student Mentoring Programme pairs emerging practitioners with current law students to provide guidance and support to the transition from student to law graduate and then to lawyer. For more information, please visit the Young Lawyers Committee page.

To participate you must be a current member of the Law Society.

The Programme runs from April to November each year, with dates for 2024 to be announced. 

For all enquiries, please contact the Membership Services Team on 08 9324 8692 or email membership@lawsocietywa.asn.au

BENEFITS TO MENTEE

  • Make potentially long-term professional connections
  • Improve communication and interpersonal skills
  • Identify professional development opportunities
  • Set career goals and pathways to achieve success
  • Gain a role model
  • Opportunity to discuss matters openly and in confidence with senior members of the profession
  • Opportunity to review your CV

BENEFITS TO MENTOR

  • Personal and professional satisfaction
  • Give back to the profession
  • Share your experience
  • Learn from your mentee
  • Be at the forefront of emerging issues for practitioners and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students
  • Assisting practitioners/law students with the many challenges and expectations of a career in the law 

COMMITMENT OF MENTORS

  • New mentors to attend a training workshop
  • Meet one-to-one with mentee approximately every four weeks

Lawyers Mentoring Programme

The Lawyers Mentoring Programme is available to all levels of practice post-admission with the aim of linking junior practitioners or mentees (1-5 years PAE) with senior members of the profession. 

In the last six years, the number of mentors has increased to reflect a broader cross-section of the profession complementing the very experienced mentors that continue to participate in the Programme. The broader base of mentors, including senior women practising in the private and public sector, at the bar or as senior in-house counsel, provides the Programme with greater choice when pairing mentees and mentors and thereby enabling the Programme to address the increasingly changing legal environment.

The Programme utilises the services of an independent Coordinator, with a background in training, facilitation, mentoring and coaching. The Coordinator runs the annual introductory sessions for new mentors and mentees, takes time to get to know new participants and gauge interests for the Programme and works closely with the team to make suitable matches – mentee and mentor. The Coordinator keeps in touch with mentees throughout the Programme to ensure successful matches are sustained and provides regular reports to the Law Society.

The 2023 Lawyers Mentoring Programme is running from May to December.

The mentoring programme for practitioners is open to any  practitioner who:

  • is a financial ordinary member of the Law Society; and
  • will be able to participate in the programme.

 

This programme receives great feedback each year. Please read our mentee’s testimonials for more information.

For more information, please email advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au or call (08) 9324 8646.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law Students

This mentoring programme is open to any Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students in any year of their study of law. This mentoring programme offers you one-on-one contact with a legal practitioner with whom you can discuss your law course and your options and aspirations after graduation. Contact between you and your mentor can be over coffee or lunch, or by email if you are a student at a country campus. The mentors are lawyers with an interest in assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander law students.

The Programme utilises the services of an independent Coordinator, with a background in training, facilitation, mentoring and coaching. The Coordinator runs the annual introductory sessions for new mentors and mentees, takes time to get to know new participants and gauge interests for the Programme and works closely with the team to make suitable matches – mentee and mentor. The Coordinator keeps in touch with mentees throughout the Programme to ensure successful matches are sustained and provides regular reports to the Law Society.

The 2023 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law Students Mentoring Program is running from May to December.

For more information, please email advocacy@lawsocietywa.asn.au  or call (08) 9324 8646.

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Telephone Number
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(08) 9324 8600
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(08) 9481 3111
Continuing Professional Development
(08) 9324 8640
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(08) 9324 8692
Professional Standards Scheme
(08) 9324 8653
Old Court House Law Museum
(08) 9324 8688
Francis Burt Law Education Programme
(08) 9324 8686
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(08) 9324 8650