Automatic Enrolment in the Mentor Express Program
In 2020, the Benchers approved a report of recommendations for enhancing lawyer licensing and competence in Alberta. One recommendation encourages all newly admitted lawyers to develop one or more mentoring relationships during their first year of practice. This recommendation is meant to facilitate and encourage a more holistic, new-lawyer-centred approach to continuing personal and professional development during the critical start of a lawyer’s career.
New Lawyers Automatically Enrolled in Mentor Express
To implement this recommendation, all new lawyers called or scheduled to be called to the bar will be automatically enrolled in Mentor Express for one program year, beginning in September 2021. This automatic enrolment only applies to new Alberta lawyers entering their first year of practice. It does not apply to lawyers who are transferring to Alberta from another jurisdiction.
An expanded version of the Mentor Express program is launching on September 14, 2021 to accommodate this change.
Automatic enrolment is retroactive for the year 2021. If you were called or scheduled to be called to the bar after January 1, 2021, you will be included in the initial launch of the program in September. You will receive a confirmation email from the Law Society Mentorship team in early August 2021 detailing next steps and how to participate.
Bar calls scheduled following the launch will be automatically enrolled monthly to the current program. Shortly after your bar call is scheduled, you will receive a confirmation email from the Law Society detailing next steps and how to participate.
Read our FAQ for more details on the Mentor Express program and automatic enrolment for new lawyers.
Pursuing Other Mentorship Opportunities
New lawyers may choose to opt out of the Mentor Express program, but we encourage them to build a mentoring relationship in another capacity, such as within their firm, organization or another mentoring program. Details on opting out of the program will be released in August.
Mentor Express is an excellent opportunity to meet with experienced lawyers in the profession and develop useful relationships early in your career. As a new lawyer, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.