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There is a significant gap in what is being taught in law schools and what is needed from a lawyer in the 21st century.
Compounding that gap is the first-generation experience. First-generation and underrepresented law students and lawyers often enter law school (and subsequently, the workforce) at a disadvantage. With no built-in network or deep institutional knowledge of the legal industry and its norms and nuances, they often feel like they're alone. They don't know what they don't know. And those information gaps can lead to opportunity gaps which only perpetuates the cycle of exclusion in the legal industry.
To bridge the gap between studying law and practicing law and to help level the playing field, we created Mentor in Law.
Mentor in Law is a digital learning platform that provides professional development training, networking opportunities, community, and mentorship to law students and early-career lawyers, particularly first-generation and underrepresented groups.

 

 

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

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OUR VALUES

SCALING MENTORSHIP

Let's crowdsource perspectives to bring together the collective wisdom of the legal industry to shape the next generation of lawyers because mentorship can change the world.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION

 Let's democratize the practice of law and reimagine the future of law by celebrating diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion.

TECH AS A FORCE FOR GOOD

Let's use technology to increase access to economic justice and to create equitable pathways in the law, particularly for minority and first-generation law students and lawyers. 

INNOVATION IN THE LAW

 Let's bring legal education and the practice of law into the 21st century, so lawyers are prepared for the challenges of the modern era with the proper practical and tech skills.

HUMANIZE THE LAW

Let's put the EQ back in ESQ through empathy, collaboration, leadership, human-centric design, and multidisciplinary thinking. 

FINDING YOUR BLISS

Let's encourage wellness in the legal industry so lawyers find alignment with their values, interests, and strengths in or out of the law.

PAYING IT FORWARD

Let's promote the idea that you're never too young to pay it forward because no matter the age, everyone has things to learn and teach. 

GLOBAL CITIZENS

 Let's connect the global legal industry on one platform in our interconnected world.


FAQ

Mentor in Law is for law students, LLM students, recent law graduates, and lawyers. In particular, we highly recommend first-generation and minority law students and lawyers to sign up. Much of the content will be relevant to all legal professionals in general, particularly those that are looking to move jobs, change careers, learn practical skills, or switch practice areas. We also invite pre-law students to sign up – it’s never too early to start thinking about your career.

 We encourage all stakeholders and institutions in the legal ecosystem to use Mentor in Law, including law professors, law schools (to complement the classroom education and to increase rates of post-graduate employment), law firms (to use as a recruiting tool and to save time and resources on training), and corporate legal departments, as we’re confident that everyone can find value on our platform.

  • Mentoring and sponsoring;
  • Recruiting and interviewing;
  • How to network in the age of Covid-19;
  • First-generation student struggles;
  • How to thrive as an associate;
  • Power skills, or “soft skills”;
  • Tech skills;
  • Skills needed for in-house counsel;
  • Virtual internships and externships;
  • How to find the best practice area for you;
  • Diversity and inclusion;
  • Women in law;
  • Personal branding;
  • Legal tech;
  • Myth busting of different practice areas;
  • Book recommendations;
  • Resources for the Bar Exam;
  • How to land your first legal job;
  • Alternative careers for JDs; and much more.

Our contributors are:

  • AmLaw 100 firm associates and partners;
  • In-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies;
  • International diplomats;
  • Federal prosecutors;
  • District attorneys;
  • Nonprofit leaders;
  • Public defenders;
  • Hollywood executives;
  • Venture capitalists;
  • Judges and justices;
  • Public interest lawyers;
  • Government officials;
  • Journalists;
  • Attorneys General;
  • Law professors;
  • Boutique firm lawyers;
  • Startup advisors/founders;
  • Solo practitioners; and more.

Read more about our mentors here.

Quite possibly. Law firms will often  reimburse you for professional development training. Check with your employer on what they will cover.

We’re so happy to hear that you’re interested in our global mentorship program. Please sign up here:

We ask both our mentors and mentees a series of questions about professional experiences, practice area interests, preferences, etc. We do our best to match our mentees with mentors that are the best fit based on the information we gather.

To give the gift of support to your favorite law student or lawyer, purchase the one-year Mentor in Law membership here.

OUR TEAM

NYSSA P. CHOPRA, JD

Founder / Tech Lawyer / Chief Mentoring Officer

ABOUT NYSSA

ALEC DUGAN

Legal Intern / University of Washington School of Law

ABOUT ALEC

KELSEY JANDOC

Legal Intern / Seattle University School of Law

ABOUT KELSEY

OUR WELLNESS EXPERTS

SHIVANI CHOPRA, MD

Board-Certified Psychiatrist

ABOUT SHIVANI

VINOD T. KANNARKAT, MD

Board-Certified Cardiologist

ABOUT VINOD

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