Western University students are seeking BIPOC lawyers to serve as mentors for their mentorship program. If you want to become a mentor sign up the following form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1svQIDiRGiyEkkx2MY1Fc4pl9rOel7vrYm_0EuKtklYY/edit
The purpose of the program is to connect BIPOC law students with lawyers who have had similar lived experience. Almost every aspect of law school – from academics, to recruitment, to networking and connecting with peers – is very different for racialized students. By connecting BIPOC students with BIPOC lawyers, we hope to be able to increase the representation of racialized people in the legal profession.
The students ran a pilot program last year with a firm in Toronto, and it was very successful. They had over 80 students participate in the program. Any lawyer from any firm can participate, we don’t have any maximum or minimum quotas for firms. Lawyers are also encouraged to only dedicate as much time as they feel comfortable dedicating to their mentee. This program is not supposed to be a source of added stress and the time commitment will undoubtedly vary between mentor/mentee pairs.
The program is planned to start shortly before the start of the academic year (i.e. end of August) or right as the academic year is starting (i.e. start of September).
Please fill out the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1svQIDiRGiyEkkx2MY1Fc4pl9rOel7vrYm_0EuKtklYY/edit by August 20.