The University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) Upper Level Mentoring Program pairs upper class students with attorneys to aid with the transition to practice. An extension of the Upper Level Mentoring Program, Part-Time Partners, addresses the specific needs of part-time students by connecting current students with alumni of the UHLC part-time program who "partner" with the Career Development Office to help provide guidance and tools for part-time UHLC students.
Mentors for both programs make a one-year commitment to their assigned mentee(s) to offer assistance with the varied aspects of professional development, including choosing a career path, networking, and their job search. Mentors may specify how many students they would like to be assigned (up to 3). Mentors may participate in both the Upper Level Mentor Program and the Part-Time Partners Program, with a maximum total number of mentees of 3. To the extent possible, students are matched with attorneys based on practice areas of interest and law firm/organization preference.
Mentors and mentees are invited to meet each other and be entered to win UHLC gifts and apparel at the Mentoring Kick-Off event on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, at 5pm, in the UHLC Hendricks Heritage Room. At the Kick-Off, Dean Leonard M. Baynes will speak about the value of mentoring and former mentors and mentees will discuss how they maximized the benefit of their mentorship relationships. Light refreshments will be served. While attendance at the Kick-Off is not mandatory for participation in the program, it does provide an excellent opportunity for networking for attorneys and students before mentor/mentee matches are announced.
Suggested Mentor/Mentee Activities
Once mentor/mentee matches are provided following the Kick-Off, mentors and mentees are encouraged to contact each other at their earliest convenience.
Mentors might consider arranging some of the following activities:
UHLC will also be in touch throughout the year to highlight possible events and activities for mentors and mentees to do together.
Stephanie Riemer Gallo, J.D.
Senior Career Development Specialist
Carolyn D. Taylor, M.Ed.
Director of Donor/Alumni Stewardship, Office of Law Alumni Relations