Bettye B. Lewis Career Center
The College of Law Career Center works with students and the greater legal community to add value in your professional journey.
Professional guidance for the next generation of lawyers
The Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to establish a 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, and students gain new perspectives and insights into issues related to civility, ethics, and professionalism.
Participants are asked to interact at least twice per academic semester. Schedules permitting, participants are encouraged to communicate as often as they like. Mentoring can take place through in-person meetings, as well as virtually via e-mail exchanges, telephone conversations, 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. (Note: 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. 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.
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 form.
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.