As you may be aware, each year the Law Society supports 10 aspiring solicitors through the legal practice course, mentoring and work experience. The Diversity Access Scheme (DAS) has been a great way of helping support individuals with limited access to the profession.
More often than not, DAS students:
• are the first in their family to attend higher education;
• are without a professional family network;
• grew up in households with severe financial constraints; and
• have overcome exceptional financial, personal, or socio-economic hurdles in pursuing their ambition
to become a solicitor;
Given that many DAS students are in the process of trying to obtain training contracts and almost all DAS students are the first aspiring professional in their family, they require a mentor who can provide them with a range of advice on starting a career in law
The Law Society are now in the process of matching these students with mentors and needs your help. They are looking for mentors in Liverpool both from in-house and private practice.
Would you be interested in becoming a mentor?
If you have never been a mentor, that is no problem. The Law Society offer support to all of their mentors on how to build a strong mentoring relationships. They will also provide guidance to the mentees on what makes a good mentee and mentor relationship.
The commitment is a minimum of one interaction every 4- 6 weeks with your mentee and this can be face to face, video or audio call. The Law Society advise and encourage at least 1 face to face interaction throughout the mentor, mentee relationship. The relationship would last for up to 12 months.
Please share this information with your colleagues and networks and encourage anyone interested in becoming a mentor to get in touch with Sarah Alonge Sarah.Alonge@LawSociety.org.uk