How does the Program Work?

Mentor Database

 Matching Process

  • Interested law students complete a form in September and are matched with mentors based on their indicated preferences. While every effort will be made to match according to a student's first preference, this may not always be possible.
  • The mentorship program is individually tailored to student interests.  Mentors from both traditional and non-traditional law careers are available, including aboriginal law, international law, human rights, corporate counsel, public interest, labour relations, mediation and many other areas. Students also have the option of being matched based on personal characteristics such as ethnic, religious or cultural background, sexual orientation and gender.
  • Mentors will be contacted to advise that they have been matched with a student and details will be provided at that time.

 Initial Meeting

  • Mentors will be contacted by the student they have been matched with to arrange for a meeting.  Ideally, the initial meeting should be held by the end of October. If there is any difficulty setting up an initial meeting, please contact utlawalumni.mentorship@utoronto.ca .
  • At the end of the first meeting, mentors and students should schedule their next meeting.  We recommend that mentors and students meet at least once per academic term. 

What are the Requirements for Mentors?

  • Meet with student at least once per academic term, with the first meeting occurring no later than mid-November. Meetings should occur in person if at all possible.
  • Share experiences and insights about what it is like to be a law professional or a professional in your career.
  • Offer guidance on how to prepare for and succeed in the professional world and make rewarding career choices.

 What are the Suggested Mentoring Activities?

  • Informal meeting over coffee or lunch
  • Tour of office and introduction to other lawyers/articling students
  • Discussion of an area of research or case that you are working on

 What are the Requirements for Students?

  • Be proactive in cultivating the mentor relationship.  
  • Treat the mentor relationship in a professional manner. Contact the mentor to arrange for a first meeting.
  • Arrive on time for mentoring meeting and give advance notice (at least 3 days, if possible) of cancellations.
  • Think about questions and or issues to discuss in advance of the meeting.
  • Be willing to participate in an informal discussion about law school and the legal profession.
  • Provide some background about education, interests, hobbies, and work experiences.
  • Send a thank you note or follow-up with a phone call after initial meeting.