The inaugural UL School of Law Alumni Mentoring Programme began in the School of Law during the Spring semester. The mentoring programme matches small groups of students with Alumni from the Law School who are now working in a variety of professions. Forty fourth year students are taking part in the programme along with twelve mentors.
In February and March mentors began to travel to UL to meet with their students. Before the University closed due to the Covid-19 situation, the mentors who visited were: Jill Callanan, Partner in LK Shields Solicitors; Audrey Leahy, Senior Associate Solicitor in William Fry; Ed Kelly, Associate Solicitor in Holmes O’Malley Sexton; Ita Flanagan, Solicitor in Sweeney McGann Solicitors and Pat McInerney Partner in Holmes O’Malley Sexton Solicitors.
Students greatly benefitted from meeting with their mentors where they discussed CV and cover letter writing, applying for traineeships, working as a solicitor and tips for career advancement. Additional meetings with supervisors had been planned, however students continue to speak with their mentors via phone calls and email.
The Programme was devised and organised by Co-Director of Clinical Legal Education Dr Norah Burns.