Being a mentee

How it works

Our aim is to 'match' mentors and mentees depending on the requirements and experiences of the parties. One mentor will be matched with one mentee and the scheme will run for around 12 months.

What will you get out of it?

"I signed up for the career mentoring scheme early on in my traineeship.  I thought it would be good to have someone impartial who I could speak to about my traineeship and how best to progress through it.  I was paired with a partner from a private practice firm and found it really beneficial chatting to her about the profession and hearing about her experiences.  My mentor was very approachable and we got on well - I'm really glad I signed up for it."  -  Rachel Shaw, RBS

There are many benefits to be gained from being mentored. These include:

  • receiving impartial advice and encouragement
  • the development of a supportive relationship
  • assisting with problem solving
  • improving self-confidence
  • professional development
  • increase of network
  • help with career planning/development

Read more about the benefits of mentoring

Who can be mentored?

"I applied to the mentoring scheme as a Diploma graduate, struggling to find a traineeship.  The mentor I was paired with was absolutely fantastic and I am very grateful for the mentoring she gave me.  She proof read my applications, gave me advice on which areas to improve and also helped me prepare for interviews.  My mentor definitely helped me to get the traineeship that I have and I am really glad I signed up to the scheme."

  • Current trainees or solicitors
  • Diploma graduates or qualified solicitors not currently working but keen to establish or return to a career in the legal profession
  • Current Diploma students.  Students should also be registered with the Society as a Student Associate to qualify for the mentoring scheme.
  • Individuals able to commit around one hour per month to the mentoring scheme (plus travel to their mentor's base if required)

Read more about how to register as a Student Associate and the other exciting benefits you can receive

Practical arrangements

You will need to agree with the mentor how often, when, and where you will meet.

Meeting for an hour once a month is thought to be a suitable norm but you are free to agree a timetable with your mentor and to change it by agreement when that is appropriate.

It will not usually be possible to hold mentoring meetings in working time and your commitments and those of the mentor will therefore influence timing. Lunch times may be appropriate for most meetings. Others could be just before or just after work. 

Mentors and mentees will be matched according to the information provided in the application form.

Apply to be a mentee

We are currently accepting applications from from those who want to be mentored. If you are interested in taking part in the programme, email to request an application form

To find out more about what's involved, email We can outline what is involved in the mentoring scheme, what would be expected of the mentor and mentee and what can be gained from taking part in the mentoring scheme.

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