We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Mentoring Scheme for Deaf law students at whatever stage of the legal profession they find themselves in: starting out with a LLB or Graduate Diploma in Law, having completed the Legal Practice Course, or searching for a training contract.
For a Deaf law student mentoring can be defined as a one to one relationship in which an individual experienced in the profession (the mentor) offers their experience to support and encourage the other (the mentee) to enter and progress in the profession of a solicitor or barrister.
The relationship will often develop at a period of transition for the mentee, for instance during progression from one academic course to another, from an academic course to a training contract and so on.
The role of the mentor
A mentor will be able to teach the “tricks of the trade” which they have learnt through practical experience. Advice can be given on areas of practice, CVs, application forms, application strategy, interview preparation and career progression.
A mentor can in effect act as a role model for students, learning how a Deaf lawyer copes with the problems of day to day practice can give reassurance, instil confidence and can provide practical guidance whilst providing the student with a confident, informal peer, counsellor and sounding board.
Applying for a mentor
If you are a Deaf law student and you feel that you would benefit from a mentor please complete the enquiry form here.