• London Solicitors Urged to Give a Helping Hand to Would-Be Lawyers

    1 October 2008

    The College of Law in Bloomsbury is on the look out for London solicitors, who are keen to pass on their knowledge to the next generation of legal professionals by becoming mentors.

    The College’s annual voluntary mentoring scheme, which matches students with limited access to the legal profession with mentors from the practice areas they are interested in, launches next month.

    Mentors offer valuable insight into what it is like to be in legal practice, how to build networks and gain experience as well as giving advice on writing job applications and interview techniques.

    Last year the programme at the London Bloomsbury centre attracted more than 100 solicitors from commercial and High Street firms as well as publicly funded and government organisations.

    Careers Manager Jo Rourke said: “The participating solicitors are keen to help because they know how tough it can be to gain a foothold in the profession having been through it themselves. However becoming a mentor can also contribute to their own career development by building their mentoring skills.

    “For the students the scheme really is invaluable as they get the opportunity to speak to professionals and learn more about their areas of interest, which builds their self-confidence.”

    Mentors will meet their mentees for the first time at a launch event at the Bloomsbury centre on November 6. The scheme runs until May 2009 and all mentors receive full support and training from College staff. The programme is also run at the College’s other centres in London Moorgate, Guildford, York, Chester and Birmingham.

    Solicitors interested in becoming a mentor at the Bloomsbury centre should contact Joseph Wilkes, Careers Consultant at joseph.wilkes@lawcol.co.uk or Tel: 01483 216396 by October 10.

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).