About the Program

EACH STUDENT BECOMES PART OF THE LEGAL COMMUNITY.
A student’s relationship with his or her mentor actively involves the mentor in the student’s legal education. The program combines opportunities in the field with thoughtful reflection to give each student a personal view of the legal profession. By observing or engaging in legal work, attending or being involved in professional activities, and having conversations with the mentor, he or she is learning skills and the traditions, values, and expectations of the profession. Mentors provide an exciting and practical approach to learning about the law and understand professionalism in ways that traditional law study cannot capture.

OUR MENTORS REFLECT EXCELLENCE AND DIVERSITY.
Our mentors meet the highest standards of professionalism and reflect the diversity of the profession in all its forms, including age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, practice area or non-legal setting,, and geographic location. They represent all sectors of the profession: criminal justice, private practice (solo to large firm), all levels of government, nonprofit and public interest organizations, corporationsand the judiciary.

THE MENTOR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM’S EXCELLENCE IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED.

  • We received the distinguished E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, which recognizes projects contributing to the understanding of professionalism among lawyers.
  • The program was one of three national finalists for an American Bar Association award on innovations in teaching professionalism.
  • We have been ranked the #1 externship program in the country since 2010 by National Jurist PreLaw Magazine
  • Our program plays a significant role in providing the practical training that ranks UST School of Law #2 in practical training.

WE SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS IN THEIR MENTOR RELATIONSHIPS AND LEARNING.
We individually match each student with a mentor who complements a student’s interests, studies, and professional goals. The Mentor Externship team encourages and assists students and mentors throughout the relationships, providing students with:

  • Educational tools and tips to help enhance their learning experience in the program.
  • Individualized feedback on their fieldwork experiences throughout the year.
  • Personalized peer, faculty, and staff support to help maximize their mentor externship fieldwork experiences.

First-year students are introduced to concepts of professionalism, time management, communication and other skills they will use in their mentor relationships.

Upper-level students participate in a classroom component led by faculty mentors designed to integrate students’ mentor externship fieldwork experiences and better prepare students for the practice of law by introducing them to a variety of topics such as building and maintaining mentor relationships, expanding their professional network, and serving and communicating with clients and others, to name a few.

St. Thomas Law is a community that cares about who you are and how we can support getting you to where you want to be. Learn more by contacting us at lawmentors@stthomas.edu.