Junior attorneys may find it difficult to identify a mentor. Whether you are a junior attorney in solo practice, with a government agency, or in Big Law, there are options available to help you find a mentor. This post provides tips to help you identify mentors and build connections.
As a junior attorney it can be difficult to find a mentor. Whether you are a solo practitioner, work at a government agency, or are in big law, there are options available to find a mentor. The Recorder provides tips to help you identify mentors and connections:
1. Your organization-The attorneys at your organization can serve as a resource as you develop your legal skills. You can begin to network by forming relationships with mid-level associates. Developing a rapport with mid-level associates may improve your chances of receiving help and feedback from them.
2. Networking-There are many networking events for attorneys. You can join your local bar association, law school alumni association, and other lawyer networking groups. These groups allow you to meet like-minded individuals with whom you can develop connections. Some may become friends, but others may become mentors or even co-workers.
3. LinkedIn Groups- LinkedIn groups are a great way to connect with people in your practice area and geographic region.
4. Listservs- Subscribing to listservs can provide you with the opportunity to engage with your colleagues across the country to ask questions, provide resources, and refer contacts.
Making the most of your relationships with mentors can provide you with invaluable benefits to your professional development.