Mentor Program

Whittier Law School Mentoring Program 2016

Information for Mentors

The Whittier Law Mentor program provides 2L students with a qualified, committed attorney role model who will help mentees:

  • Explore the practice of law, career options and life as a practicing attorney
  • Learn how to network effectively
  • Understand the importance of professionalism

Who can be a mentor?
All approved Whittier Law School mentors must:

  • Be a licensed member of the State Bar of California;
  • Be practicing for a minimum of two years;
  • Have no record of discipline with the State Bar of California;
  • Commit to a one-year program (August 2016-May 2017);
  • Attend a kick-off event in the fall semester, a professionalism event in the spring semester and meet with your mentee at least three other times during the school year;
  • Be reasonably available by telephone and/or e-mail to mentee; and
  • Complete the Whittier Law School Mentor Volunteer Application.

How can alumni become mentors?
Interested alumni will fill out a mentor application online and submit it to the Office for Student and Alumni Relations.

Who can be a mentee?
Interested 2L students will fill out a mentee application online and submit it to the Office for Student and Alumni Relations.

How are mentors and mentees matched?
Mentors and mentees are matched based on commonalities (career, backgrounds, interests etc.)

What if there are too many mentees or mentors?
We will do our best to match every mentor with an appropriate mentee. However, if there is an imbalance in the number of mentors/mentees, some students or mentors may not receive a match this year or some mentors may be asked to take a second mentee.

When will mentors and mentees be matched?
The call for mentees and mentors will happen in the Spring/Summer of 2016. Mentoring pairs will be notified of pairings in August.

How often do mentors and mentees have to meet?
Whittier Law School will host a mentor kick-off event in September and a CLE event on professionalism in April. We encourage mentor pairs to meet at least three more times in addition to these events. We also expect that mentor pairs will keep in contact via phone or email.

The relationship you have with your mentee is largely what you and your mentee make it. Mentoring relationships within the Program vary greatly. Mentees and mentors may decide to meet more frequently than the Program requires; others may meet only as required.

What kind of support will I receive from Whittier Law School?
Whittier Law School will host a kick-off event in September and a CLE event on professionalism in April. You will also receive a monthly email from the Office of Student and Alumni Relations and the Career and Professional Development Office with suggestions for items to discuss with your mentees as well as some suggestions of activities you can do together (attend a bar organization function, have your mentee shadow you in your office, etc.) Any questions or concerns that you have during the course of your mentoring relationship can be directed to Camille Heenan, Director of Student and Alumni Relations, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

What is the mentoring schedule?

  1. August: Mentor-Students notified of Pairings
  2. September: Getting to Know Each Other/Attend Kick-Off Event at WLS
  3. October: Exploring the Practice Of Law
  4. November/December: Optional Meeting
  5. January: Planning for Summer
  6. February/March: Effective Networking
  7. April: Professionalism / Attend CLE Event at WLS
  8. May: End of Academic Year

What happens if I don’t hear from my student?
Sometimes communications between mentors and mentees break down. If so, try contacting your mentee again. If there is still no response, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

If you have any questions about the Program, please contact Camille Heenan .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).