Law Society to expand mentoring programme following pilot success
The Law Society of Scotland is calling for solicitors from all areas of practice to become mentors following the success of its pilot programme last year.
The legal careers mentoring scheme aims to match mentors and mentees, helping them share knowledge and expertise, give advice and gain fresh perspectives.
Heather McKendrick, Careers and Outreach Manager at the Law Society said: “The first mentoring scheme has been a great success, with both mentors and mentees saying they have found it enormously helpful, so we’re keen for others to get involved. Being a mentor gives you a great opportunity to give back to the profession and help another individual develop their career. I’d encourage anyone who felt that they could have benefitted from having a mentor to get involved.”
David Bryson, a mentor from last year’s pilot scheme said: “I think everyone could do with the support a mentor offers as they develop their career.
“The Law Society’s programme has been incredibly helpful as it allows a generation of lawyers to benefit from more support and, from my personal experience, mentoring has allowed me to develop new skills and fresh thinking about my own career as well as helping other solicitors.”
Mentors and mentees can be from all areas of practice and at any stage of their career. Mentors will be supported throughout the process and training can count towards CPD.
Training days for mentors are planned for 22September, 10 October or 17 November with the deadline for mentor applications on 26 September. Anyone interested in being a mentor or being mentored can find out more information here: www.lawscot.org.uk/mentoring or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ENDS 1 SEPTEMBER 2014
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