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 eligibility criteria for the mentee application differs slightly between the States but the mentee applicant must be a member of AALA and willing to commit to the program for a period of up to six months.
NSW – The mentee applicant must be an admitted lawyer, or a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training.
QLD – The mentee applicant must be a penultimate/final year law student, a law graduate, a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training, or an admitted lawyer.
VIC – The mentee applicant must be an admitted lawyer, or a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training.
WA – The mentee applicant must be a final year law student, a law graduate, a graduate undertaking their traineeship, or practical legal training, or an admitted lawyer.
Mentees may apply for entry into the Program by submitting an Application Form online.
Applications will close on 8 April 2020.
The AALA Mentoring Program Committee for each State 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 22 April 2020.
The date for the Program launch event will be confirmed but is envisaged as being in late April 2020 / early May 2020 at each State office of Herbert Smith Freehills. This will give mentees a chance to meet with their mentors.
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.
If you are interested in being a mentor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
The AALA Mentoring Program will formally run for six months from 4 May 2020 to 4 November 2020. 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.