Finding a Mentor

If you are a new lawyer who would like to participate in Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring, you may find a mentor in one of three ways:

  1. Search our Pre-Approved Mentor List - After you have been notified that you have passed the Ohio bar examination, you will receive a password to access our Pre-Approved Mentor List. You may search this database, which contains individual mentor information, including areas of practice, size of firm or legal organization, geographical location, educational background, bar association membership, civic activities, hobbies and interests, and special skills. You then submit your top three nominations on your online electronic New Lawyer Application and will likely be matched to one of these mentors.
  2. Ask a Mentor on Your Own - If there is an attorney you respect and admire who is not on our Pre-Approved Mentor List, you may take the initiative and ask that attorney to be your mentor. If he/she agrees, you should ask this mentor to complete a Mentor Application electronically online and submit it along with your own New Lawyer Application to the program.
  3. Ask Your Employer If It Participates - Law firms and legal organizations are encouraged to adopt Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring. In such cases, your law firm or legal organization will likely suggest a mentor for you from within your own organization. Generally these suggested matches will be approved. You will still need to file a New Lawyer Application, however.

What to Consider When Nominating a Mentor

Whether you plan on selecting mentor nominations from our preapproved mentor list or asking an experienced attorney to be your mentor on your own initiative, you may want to consider the following about your potential mentor:

  1. Employer – Nominating a mentor who works for the same law firm or legal organization as you makes it easier to meet frequently and, depending on the relationship, may afford the opportunity to work together on cases.  Sharing client confidences, accepting or receiving referrals, or serving as co-counsel is not permitted if your mentor works for a different employer than you. On the other hand, working with a mentor outside of your legal organization expands your networking circle and provides a different perspective of your work experience.  Also, it may be easier to ask questions and share personal concerns with a mentor outside your legal organization.
  2. Practice areas – A mentor practicing in the same practice area as you may be more likely to understand and relate to your work experiences. Sometimes, however, new lawyers nominate a mentor who practices in an area of law that interests them or they hope to practice in later in their career. This is an effective way to learn more about an area of law that may be unfamiliar to you.
  3. Memberships and leadership positions outside of the office – Involvement in bar associations and civic activities helps to define a lawyer’s career. You may decide to nominate a mentor who is involved in groups that you would like to join or who holds leadership roles to which you aspire.
  4. Personal interests and background information – Success in a mentoring relationship depends largely upon developing rapport between you and your mentor. You may want to nominate a mentor who attended the same college or law school as you so that you have this common experience. Similarly, you may select a mentor who has hobbies or interests that you share and can easily discuss.
  5. Location – Nominate a mentor who works near you. If your mentor is not from your firm or legal organization, scheduling meetings can sometimes be a challenge. Adding significant travel time is usually a barrier to creating a successful mentoring relationship.
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