Mentoring is… a relationship between two people in which the abilities and experience of the mentor meet the needs of the mentee, and the mentee reaps the benefits of having a mentor. Mentors will provide guidance, support and help to the mentee to navigate the paralegal coursework.
What is a mentee? (First Year Paralegal Students)
As a first year paralegal student you are in a new role with many uncertainties. It takes time to learn and adjust to new routines and expectations. You have an opportunity to connect with a second year student who has recently experienced what you are facing now.
Ideas of how mentoring can be helpful…
- Share accomplishments
- Gain interpersonal skills and self confidence
- Identify strategies for success in classes
- Develop personally and professionally
- Assist in creating a network of support systems which will supply crucial information about resources and programs
- Support one another with challenges you may encounter
- Share learning experiences (testing, focus, study skills, time management…)
What is a mentor? (Second Year Students w/18 credits and legal research class completed)
A mentor shares student knowledge, wisdom, and experience with new paralegal students. He/she acts as a guide by listening, offering support and encouragement but does not serve as an advocate between student and instructor or administration.
Why would I want to be a mentor?
You may encounter mentoring in your future career as a paralegal. By being exposed to mentoring now in your educational path, you will gain insight into the value of support, empowerment, and satisfaction within the paralegal profession. Mentoring is an opportunity to validate yourself and what you do as a student, relating your experiences with the experiences of others.
What are the expectations of mentoring?
- Clarifying expectations with each other and making a contract regarding the mentoring relationship
- On-going communication with your mentor/mentee of your choice (e-mail, phone, personal) throughout the semester
- A commitment to the relationship for two consecutive semesters
- Preparing for mentoring relationships in your professional paralegal role
- Observing confidentiality strictly between mentor and mentee
If you would like to be a student mentor or a student mentee, please contact Sally Dahlquist, Paralegal Program Director.