Legal Mentorship Programs

The Common law section of the Faculty of law is proud to offer three comprehensive and successful legal mentorship programs, the JurisMentor  Program, the Criminal Law Courthouse Mentorship Program and the Women’s Legal Mentorship Program. Our programs view mentorship as a process which allow both mentor and mentee the opportunity for growth and development. 

  • Mentors share their knowledge and expertise with students. They provide guidance to them while mentees enhance both their professional development and understanding of the legal practice.
  • Students move beyond the classroom by connecting with lawyers and members of the legal profession in both formal and informal environments. Through mentorship, they benefit immensely from the insights and experiences of their mentors.

Our programs' goal is to provide a rich and rewarding mentorship experience while being responsive to individual scheduling needs. While we recommend mentors and mentees set aside a minimum two hours a month, we leave the scheduling in the hands of participants.  

Working together, both mentor and mentee develop a tailored mentorship style that meets their needs. Lawyers who have participated in mentorship in the past have described it as an extremely rewarding experience.

JurisMentor

As a response to the changing demographic and needs of our students, the Career and Professional Development Centre at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) is launching JurisMentor, a new mentorship program for law students. The program’s predecessor, Legal Links and Bridges, has been one of the most developed mentoring programs in the country since its launch in 1997. 

The program pairs first-year law students with members of the legal community, providing students with the opportunity to connect with lawyers with similar legal and non-legal interests.

Student applications are sent to students by September each year and the deadline to apply is in the fall. If you would like to obtain more information regarding this program, please contact the program coordinator.  

Coordinator

JurisMentor
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law,
 Common Law Section
FTX 233D, 57 Louis Pasteur St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5800 x. 2224

Fax: 613-562-5875
jurismentor@uottawa.ca

Click here to lean more about the JurisMentor Program

Criminal Law Courthouse Mentorship Program

This informal mentorship opportunity was spearheaded by Justice David Paciocco. The program pairs students interested in Criminal law with a Justice, a Crown Attorney, or a Defence Lawyer at the 161 Elgin Street Courthouse. In addition to a wonderful networking opportunity, students can gain a better understanding of the practical aspects of these challenging and interesting professions. For more information, please contact the program coordinator.

2016 Criminal Law Courthouse Mentorship Application Form

Coordinator

Criminal Law Courthouse Mentorship Program 

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law,
 Common Law Section
FTX 233, 57 Louis Pasteur St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5800 x. 2224
Fax: 613-562-5875
clmentor@uottawa.ca  

Women's Legal Mentorship (WLMP)

The Women’s Legal Mentorship Program (WLMP) is a comprehensive feminist legal mentorship program launched in 2011 by women studying law at the University of Ottawa.

The WLMP's goal is to help women to develop a support system that will help them throughout their legal careers.  The program — the first of its kind in Ontario — facilitates peer-to-peer mentorship, student-lawyer mentorship and professional development workshops.

For more information, contact us at wlmp@uottawa.ca, or see our blog at http://womenslegalmentorship.wordpress.com/.

General Coordinator

Women’s Legal Mentorship Program

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law,
 Common Law Section
FTX 233D, 57 Louis Pasteur St.

Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
wlmp@uottawa.ca

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