Over 600 lawyers sign up to mentor University of Law students

The University of Law has launched its mentoring programme for 2013.

Over 200 lawyers in London, and around 620 lawyers nationwide, have agreed to mentor University of Law students. The programme matches mentors with students interested in their mentor’s practice area but with little practical experience of the legal industry.

Mentors are then able to offer guidance on networking, work experience, job applications and interview techniques.

Mentors come from both City and high-street firms as well as government organisations while students at the university’s Bloomsbury and Birmingham centres can also learn from barristers.

University of Law careers consultant Bridget Lavin said: “More and more solicitors and barristers are coming forward to offer their services as they know how challenging it can be to gain a foothold in the profession and many volunteer year after year.

“Successful lawyers can share a wealth of practical experience and wisdom and taking part also contributes to their own career development by building their mentoring and people skills.

“The students find it invaluable as they learn more about their areas of interest and gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be in practice, which builds their self-confidence.”

The scheme began at the university’s Chester centre in 1997 and involved just nine mentors.