The Mentor Externship Program is a required program that helps students develop their professional skills and identity as they move from student to lawyer. It is considered the national leader in law school mentor programs and has been featured at national conferences and in national publications. The comprehensive nature of the program contributed to our #1 ranking by National Jurist for externship placements. The Mentor Externship Program has three primary objectives:
More than 550 lawyers and judges currently volunteer as mentors in the program, and as a group they reflect the diversity of the profession in all its forms, including age, gender, ethnicity, practice area, geographic location and religion. Mentors also represent all sectors of the profession: private practice (solo to large firm), all levels of government, nonprofit and public interest organizations, in-house counsel, prosecutors, public defenders, and nearly all levels of the judiciary.
Mentors are assigned over the summer and students will learn the name of their mentor at Mentor Externship orientation during the first week of school. To begin the process, you will be asked to complete and return a First-Year Mentor Assignment Form. Some students secure their mentor on their own, outside of the program. If you do this, you will be required to complete a Student Choice of Mentor Form. These forms will be available in early June.
The mentor externship offers you the chance to build professional relationships to last a lifetime.
If you have questions regarding the forms or any aspect of the Mentor Externship Program, please contact Judie Rush, Director of Mentor Externship at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-962-4898.