The AALA Mentoring Program aims to provide AALA members with an opportunity to be mentored by senior members of the legal profession. The Program is aimed at assisting and encouraging those aspiring to reach senior legal professional or leadership positions in the future by providing them with mentoring from respected and more experienced practitioners who support the aims of the AALA. The Program is administered by the AALA Mentoring Program Committee.
The Mentoring Program is only open to admitted lawyers.
Mentees apply for entry into the Program by submitting an Application Form online.
Applications for the NSW mentoring program close on 12 September 2016.
Applications for the VIC mentoring program close on 19 September 2016.
The AALA Mentoring Program Committee will review all applications and forward suitable expressions of interest to prospective mentors for consideration. Successful candidates will be notified by the AALA Mentoring Program Committee by no later than 7 October 2016.
The mentoring program will begin with a launch event to be held in October, which will give mentees a chance to meet with their mentors. We will be making a further announcement shortly with the launch event details for Sydney and Melbourne.
Mentors are drawn from the middle to senior ranks of the legal profession and include judges, senior and junior barristers, partners and senior associates of law firms, experienced sole practitioners and in-house legal counsel of large corporations.
All mentors in the Program are appointed by the AALA Mentoring Program Committee and may agree to take up to 3 mentees as part of the Program.
The AALA Mentoring Program will formally run from October 2016 to March 2017. During this period mentees should make contact with their mentors and arrange to meet on a regular basis as agreed. The AALA Mentoring Program Committee will be available to provide guidance to mentors and mentees at all times.
Once the AALA Mentoring Program formally concludes, individual mentors and mentees are encouraged but are not expected to continue the mentor-mentee relationship.
It is anticipated that the Program will run annually.