Shaping today’s in-house lawyers for tomorrow.
The ACLA Mentoring Program is an interactive, friendly and highly beneficial program that aims to develop both mentors and mentees within the in-house legal profession. Mentoring provides an opportunity for mentors to give back and gain fresh perspectives; and for mentees to speak in a safe space, gain an objective perspective and enhance their skills and confidence.
The goal of the Program is to give young professionals, or those new to in-house, a supportive environment that will motivate and assist them in both their personal and professional development.
What is mentoring? Mentoring is a two-way partnership which may encompass coaching, role modeling, supporting or appraising depending on the needs of the mentee and capabilities of the mentor.
Who can be a mentor? Any ACLA full member. This is a national program and you will be matched with someone within your State. To learn more about ACLA membership please click here.
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Who can be a mentee? The Program is currently available to ACLA full members nationally. To learn more about ACLA membership please click here.
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Who decides who will be admitted into the program? All ACLA full members are eligible to participate in the Program. The Program is limited to an annual intake of 50 pairs. Dependent upon demand and appropriate matchings, it may not always be possible to accommodate all applicants and a wait list is maintained in these circumstances.
How are the mentors and mentees matched? Alan Seale, ACLA Mentoring Program Coordinator, reviews all applications and oversees the matching process. Mentors will be matched to mentees drawn from outside their own organisation and industry sector. As an industry-wide program participants will only be matched where there is no obvious potential conflict of interest.
Is there a cost to be involved in the program? No the Program is complimentary for ACLA full members.
What is required of me? The time commitment is modest and typically involves eight to ten meetings over a 12 month period. Although the level of intensity is a decision for the mentor and mentee.
What is discussed during a typical mentoring session?