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 studentâs 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.
âWe encourage mentors to remain with the student until the student graduates,â said Assistant Dean for Career Services Dianna Kinsey. âBut 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
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 programâs opening reception, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Bowen student lounge.
âWe are so grateful that busy professionals take the time to mentor our students,â Kinsey said. âI hope their time also provides for personal and professional fulfillment so the program becomes a win for both the students and the mentors.â
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.