The C-M Law Alumni Association Mentor Program matches students with C-M Law graduates who can assist with adjusting to law school, learning more about the legal market in Northeast Ohio, meeting other alumni and attorneys, and more. We strongly encourage all first-year law students at C-M Law to take advantage of this excellent program.
Mentors will generously volunteer their time and knowledge to assist law students, offering support and advice as well as opportunities for their student to observe the law in practice by shadowing them to meetings or court or by attending programs with them. The students will be those enrolled at Cleveland-Marshall who find themselves in need of advice, guidance or counseling relative to law school, the Ohio Bar Examination, and/or the practice of law.
Potential Mentors and interested students will complete a registration form of pertinent background information. Based upon the data contained in the registration form, mentors and students will be matched as closely as possible, with the aim of addressing the interests and needs of the student.
It is expected that each Mentor and student pairing will engage in no less than four (4) mentoring encounters during the 2016-2017 academic year. These meetings can be in-person, over email, or by telephone, as needs and schedules warrant.
The initial mentoring encounter will take place at the Mentor Match Reception, held in the Cleveland State University Student Center Ballroom, on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The program will begin at 5:30 pm. During this initial mentoring session, the mentor and student will become familiar with each other and take the initial steps to create their mentoring plan for the year.
Subsequent mentoring sessions will entail introducing the student to a practical and realistic viewpoint of the expectations and requirements of legal education and the legal profession. For first year students, the parties can delve into discussions of various areas of law, good study habits, available resources, and any special need or concerns that may surface.
For second and third year law students, the Mentor Program will include the previously described activities and undertake discussions on securing employment in law firms, businesses or governmental agencies. The third year law students' program will include all of the above plus advice on preparation for the Bar Examination and the search for a permanent job in the legal profession.
It is anticipated that the mentor/student relationship will develop into a trusting and nurturing friendship, mutually beneficial and rewarding over an extended period of time.
- "Take Advantage of the Alumni Mentor Program..." by Vincent T. Lombardo '81
- Mentor Guidelines for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
- Student Guidelines for a Successful Mentoring Relationship
Student and Mentor Registration is over for the 2016-17 Academic Year.
If you have questions or are interested in volunteering, please contact Heather DiFranco, Director of Career Planning, at 216-687-2540.