Mentoring Scheme

June 2012 marked the start of a new Law School pilot mentoring scheme, an initiative focused on student careers and employability. The scheme matches aspiring Law students at Level 2 and 3 with a number of London-based Keele alumni, including leading solicitors and barristers with a wealth of commercial experience.

In early June, six students travelled to Canary Wharf in London for a 2-hour lunchtime workshop where collectively they met with their new mentors and received detailed guidance on improving their individual CVs. Later in the afternoon, they visited the Royal Courts of Justice, where they were invited to observe, at first hand, some of the case management work undertaken in the High Court. Following this hugely enjoyable trip, each student participant now has a mentor available to offer tailored careers advice on matters such as interview technique, obtaining work experience, making contacts and entering the legal profession. Offering her thoughts on the scheme so far, Kat Gittens (Level 2 student participant) commented:

"The London trip to meet our mentors was really beneficial. Having a group of lawyers imparting their experiences was helpful to see the reality of the legal world. I have since met with my mentor and it has been a fantastic opportunity to get a professional opinion on my CV, and also to ask questions about the Bar, inns and how to make you stand out from the crowd. I have found that this information from a current Barrister has given me the insight I needed to make tough decisions about my future”.

Over the forthcoming semester, both mentors and students have agreed to report back on the development of mentor/mentee relationships, and it is hoped that, over the next 12 months, there will be additional opportunities for Law students to benefit from the support of a mentor practitioner. Taking part in the pilot scheme and pictured above at the RCJ (left to right) are Shamin Khan, Olivia Barry, Kat Gittins, Mel Bourke, Angela Narey and Naa-Amakuma Barnor. These students were selected for the scheme on the basis of their academic performance, attendance and commitment to gain relevant work experience.