College of Law

Mentoring Program

UT Law

Professional guidance for the next generation of lawyers

The Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to establish a mentoring relationship with a professional in the field. Mentors help students identify and fulfill professional goals while fostering the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. Through these interactions, attorney participants can serve the profession and the community. Students gain new perspectives and insights into issues related to civility, ethics, and professionalism.

The program matches mentors and students and offers them an opportunity to interact at a fall kickoff reception in certain locations.

Participants are asked to interact at least twice per academic semester. Schedules permitting, participants are encouraged to communicate and/or meet as often as they like. Mentoring can take place via e-mail exchanges, telephone conversations, lunch meetings, coffee breaks, and videoconferencing.

All program participants must take part in an orientation offered by the College of Law. Participants will also receive a copy of the Mentoring Program Handbook, which explains the program guidelines, goals, and expectations.

While the program is designed to help law students become successful legal professionals, it is not intended as an employment program. Mentors are not expected to hire students.

About our students

Students who participate in this program come from a variety of geographic locations, undergraduate universities, and professional backgrounds. They are law students at all stages of their academic careers. Entering students are matched with a mentor during their first year of law school and may remain in the program until their graduation. Matches are based on criteria such as the student’s area of interest and geographic connections.

About our mentors

Our mentors are legal professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to help law students develop into future members of the legal community. While mentors may live in Knoxville and surrounding communities, legal professionals from all geographic regions are encouraged to participate in the mentoring program. To maintain the relationship, long-distance contact with students may be accomplished by e-mail, telephone, or videoconferencing.

Become a mentor

Becoming a mentor is a rewarding experience that fosters meaningful and lifelong connections between established legal professionals and the students with whom they work. To become a mentor, please complete our online application.

Eligible mentors must be in good standing with their state bar associations and any other relevant professional boards. “Good standing” refers to the maintenance of any necessary licenses, or if the mentor’s work does not require a license, the absence of any disciplinary action by any relevant professional review boards.

CLE credit approved for mentoring program

Attorneys may earn up to six hours per year of dual credit for participation as a mentor. Step up to the challenge and help enhance the profession by making sure that no beginning attorney has to be wait-listed or turned away for lack of a mentor. For more information, please contact Brad Morgan at rmorgan2@utk.edu.

Contact

UT Pro Bono
University of Tennessee College of Law
1505 W. Cumberland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

Brad Morgan
Associate Director, Institute for Professional Leadership
865-974-2492
rmorgan2@utk.edu