Mentoring and More @ Moritz
Mentoring and More @ Moritz, supported by the Baker Hostetler Endowment for Professional Development, serves as a bridge between the theory and the practice of law. Students learn by example from mentors who care deeply about improving law and its administration, have high expectations for themselves and their colleagues in the profession, and are willing to help guide those who follow them into the profession.
Students are placed in mentoring groups comprised of three to five students with at least two mentors. Mentoring assignments are made over the summer, and each mentoring group is based on student interest and mentor background/practice area.
Throughout the academic year, mentoring groups are invited to luncheons held at the college’s Barrister Club, featuring a prominent speaker addressing pressing issues and current trends in the law, followed by discussion between mentors, students, faculty, and guests. Attending at least three of these lunches is a minimum requirement to participate in the program.
Mentoring and More @ Moritz luncheons serve as a springboard for encouraging continued, informal contact between students and mentors. Mentors and students are encouraged to meet more frequently outside of programmed events to build upon and deepen the mentoring relationship.
Through the program, participants learn about ethical pitfalls and how to avoid costly career mistakes; hear honest answers to questions about the practice of law from successful attorneys; receive unbiased career advice and information referrals that will help them direct their own job searches; hear the nation’s top attorneys take on cutting-edge issues in law; and participate in spirited discussions with professors and practitioners.
Mentoring and More @ Moritz is open to all students. Incoming and current students interested in participating in the program must complete the Mentoring and More @ Moritz application below. A matching committee – comprised of representatives of the Moritz College of Law, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Columbus Bar Association – will review student applications and recruit potential mentors best tailored to students’ priorities. Mentors come from firms, legal services organizations, and government, depending upon students’ priorities.
To become a mentor or for more information about the program, contact Angela Henderson, mentoring coordinator, at MoritzMentoring@osu.edu.
The Application Process
Mentoring assignments generally are based on student interest and mentor background/practice area. Applicants are asked to indicate their general areas of legal interest on their applications because it is helpful in the matching process.
The mentoring program is neither designed nor intended to facilitate job placement opportunities for students. Mentor matches will be made over the summer, and students’ mentoring group assignments will be sent to the email address provided on their application.
Note: Participating students will be required to attend a short orientation that will be scheduled in late-August or early-September.