Record numbers of law students receive a career mentor in scheme expansion
Press release issued: 15 December 2020
The Law School, working in collaboration with the Professional Liaison Network (PLN), has managed to secure record numbers of mentoring places for law students to support their career journey alongside their studies this year.
This year, in recognition of the number of international students enrolled on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Law School, the School developed a new mentoring scheme in collaboration with the PLN called the International Law Mentoring Scheme. The scheme matches international students with legal professionals working in legal roles in their home country. The scheme aims to show how their law degree is relevant in a real-world context, as well as helping to build professional networks in their home country to assist with the transition of working in their home country after graduating.
On this scheme, law students will be mentored by experienced solicitors and barristers based in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India and Bermuda.
This scheme sits alongside the established Professional Mentoring Scheme; matching law students on a one-to-one basis with a corporate solicitor or barrister working in a field related to their career aspirations, and the Law in Society Mentoring Scheme; matching students wishing to work outside of the corporate/commercial side of the legal profession, in areas such as human rights or government legal work.
In total, 143 second and final year LLB, MA and LLM law students will receive the support of a mentor this academic year, with 87 mentors engaged on the three schemes, many of which are Law School alumni. This figure is up from 115 students being mentored during the 2019-20 academic year.
We look forward to sharing feedback on the schemes later in the academic year.
If you are a current or prospective student and would like to find out more about mentoring opportunities in the Law School, please see our Work Experience and Mentoring webpages.
If you are interested in mentoring our students on one of the above schemes, please get in touch with the Law School Employability Team to discuss this further.