JurisMentor Program Outline

The Faculty of Law is proud to offer our students one of the most developed mentoring programs in the country.  JurisMentor provides students the opportunity to interact with members of the legal community through mentoring.  

The success and growth of JurisMentor has been tremendous. Since the program's predecessor, Legal Links and Bridges which began in 1997, hundreds of participants have helped make this experience worthwhile for both lawyers and students.  

We view mentoring as a process that allows both the mentor and mentee to grow and develop.  Students are afforded the opportunity to connect with lawyers and members of the legal profession in formal and informal environments and to learn from the valuable experience that their mentor can provide.  Mentors are able to share their knowledge and expertise with students and provide guidance to them while he or she enhances their personal and professional development. 

What is JurisMentor?

JurisMentor is a mentorship program based out of the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.  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.

Why mentorship?

Mentors serve as role models to students and are a source of information regarding a range of topics such as what the dynamics of certain areas of practice are like, Bar admissions and articling. Often the students would just like to know what the day-to-day realities of practicing law are like. Mentoring allows lawyers to make a valuable contribution to the development of our law students and to create bonds with future Bar members.

What is expected of mentors?

The program is quite informal with contact occurring in whatever locations, times, and as often as the participants mutually choose.  Contact could include going out for a coffee or a meal, inviting the student to watch you in court, or simply being available to answer questions your mentee may have. Ideally, mentors commit to be available for their mentee 1 to 2 hours per month.

To apply for this program, please fill out the JurisMentor Application Form.

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

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