Registration Open for Mentor Connect & Mentor Express
Registration is open for both Mentor Connect and the 2023–2024 Mentor Express programs. As a mentee, a mentoring relationship can encourage and empower your professional development, help you identify and achieve career goals, and increase your confidence. As a mentor, you get to learn from your mentees and share perspectives and experiences with others at a different stage of their careers.
Mentor Connect is a traditional mentorship program that matches mentors and mentees based on areas of law, geographical proximity, personal experience and similar interests. Pairs are matched for six months and meet regularly either in person or remotely depending on preference.
Mentor Express is a non-traditional mentorship program. Mentees browse an online listing of mentors and choose one-hour sessions with those they are interested in meeting. The self-match system allows mentees to seek guidance and insight relevant to their own career development with a variety of mentors in different work settings.
Lawyers who have practised at least five years, including active, inactive and retired lawyers, are eligible to serve as mentors in Mentor Express. The number of mentors included will be dependent on the number of mentees registered for the program. Mentor applicants will be added to a waitlist and notified in July if they have a spot in the 2023–2024 Mentor Express program. Bookings will begin in October and run to the end of March.
Any Alberta lawyer interested in our mentorship programs is eligible to participate as a mentee, but these programs are particularly beneficial for:
- articling students;
- new lawyers recently called to the bar;
- lawyers in their first years of practice;
- internationally trained lawyers;
- Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (CPLED) students; or
- any lawyer seeking advice about transitioning to a new practice area or practice setting.