During the 2011-2012 academic year, the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law professional mentoring program expanded to connect more than 100 students with practicing attorneys in each studentâ€™s field of interest.
The program is now open to all law students and provides a way to help legal professionals and current students interact, introducing students to the profession and giving them career insights. In the 2011-2012 academic year â€“ the second for the program – about 90 professionals and 116 students participated.
â€śWe encourage mentors to remain with the student until the student graduates,â€ť said Assistant Dean for Career Services Dianna Kinsey. â€śBut a change can be made by either the mentor or the student if the original match turns out not to be a good one.â€ť
Colette Honorable, chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, and Paul Suskie, General Counsel and Senior VP of Policy for Southwest Power Pool, will lead a workshop for students on the importance of making career connections the week before the programâ€™s opening reception, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Bowen student lounge.
â€śWe are so grateful that busy professionals take the time to mentor our students,â€ť Kinsey said. â€śI hope their time also provides for personal and professional fulfillment so the program becomes a win for both the students and the mentors.â€ť
Mentors are still needed for the program. If you are interested in serving in that capacity, contact the Bowen Office of Career Services at 324.9436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.