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Career & Professional Development Center

Mentors

Mentors are important sources of support and guidance. First year students are provided with a Mentor Network, including a Peer Mentor, a CPDC Advisor, a Faculty Advisor and an Attorney Mentor.

The CPDC coordinates the Attorney Mentor Program, linking students with local attorneys and judges who can offer advice, encouragement, experience, and an introduction into the Portland legal community. 

1L Attorney Mentorship Program:

Every first year student will participate in the First Year Mentor Program, through which students are paired with attorneys practicing in the local area. The purpose of this program is to offer first year law students advice and counsel on law school “survival,” but also to begin networking and meeting other lawyers. Mentors may help with advice on: 

  • how to manage competing time commitments,
  • how to begin making meaningful career decisions early in their careers, and
  • how to develop into responsible, ethical attorneys. 

Students will have a contact in the legal community, from the beginning of their law school experience.

Upper Division Student Mentorship Program:

Second, third and fourth year students are matched with attorneys based, primarily, on areas of legal interest and/or geographic location. Matching is done each fall and participation is voluntary. This program is designed to:

  • meet the challenge of bridging the gap between law school and a professional career,
  • provide students with a unique opportunity to meet and observe practicing lawyers, and
  • give students consultation with regarding the legal profession, career options and life as a lawyer. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Petersen, Assistant Dean for Career & Professional Development, 503.768.6607, or spetersen@lclark.edu

Mentor Programs Events

Each year we sponsor a number of events to bring mentors and mentees together, including our Program Kick-off Reception in September, Fall and Winter Meet-ups, and the Annual Mentor Program Awards and Reception, to close out the year.

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