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Mentoring and More @ Moritz

About the Program

The Mentoring and More @ Moritz program sponsorship is thanks to the generosity of Baker & Hostetler in memory of John D. Drinko '44.

  • 88% of Columbus, Ohio law firm associates who were surveyed say mentoring is essential for career development.
  • Harvard Business School finds minority professionals who advance farthest share one common experience: mentoring.
  • A recent study finds 44% of women CEO's say mentoring was among the top three strategies for advancement.

The Mentoring and More @ Moritz Program extends the theory learned in the classroom to the practice of law in the community. The program is open to all Moritz students, including incoming 1Ls.

In August 2005, the Moritz College opened a facility called the Barrister Club, a $2.2 million conference/dining facility built specifically with private funds to house programming that will enable students, faculty, practitioners and alumni to interact and participate in programs that affirm their shared belief that lawyers have the opportunity and obligation to serve - to make a positive difference as a member of the legal profession. Mentoring and More @ Moritz is the centerpiece of this initiative.

Participating students can:

  • Learn about ethical pitfalls and how to avoid costly career mistakes
  • Get honest answers to questions about the practice of law from successful attorneys
  • Get unbiased career advice and information referrals that will help them direct their own job searches (Note: The program is neither designed nor intended to facilitate job placement for students)
  • Hear the nation's top attorneys take on cutting-edge issues in law, and participate in spirited discussions with professors and practitioners

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 will come from firms, legal services organizations, and government, depending upon students' priorities.

"Pods" of 3 to 5 students each are matched with a recent alumnus/a and a more established senior practitioner whose careers reflect the highest ideals of the profession - and who are well-matched to their students' interests and goals. Together, mentors and their students are required to attend at least three of the luncheon programs held in the Barrister Club throughout the school year, each of which will explore the latest legal issues and the complex moral and social problems facing attorneys today.

Potential luncheon topics developed by an advisory committee will be timely and related to the profession. Please see complete list of events for details.

Luncheons will follow the "Inns of Court" model in which, following a speaker's presentation, the topic is discussed and debated at tables comprised of students, mentors, faculty and knowledgeable practitioners over lunch.

Building a good personal relationship takes effort from both parties. The same is true within the context of this mentoring program. Students who participate will take responsibility for the mentoring relationship by initiating contact-over and above the three required luncheons-with their mentors and other students within their "pod," talking about their goals with mentors, and being open to hearing a variety of perspectives.

Mentors will take responsibility for the mentoring relationship by initiating contact with their "pod," sharing their experiences, and offering opportunities for the "pod" to meet outside of the scheduled luncheon programs. Frequent contact is encouraged, to provide information, guidance and support tailored to students' individual goals.

The Mentoring and More @ Moritz Coordinator will survey mentors and students twice during the academic year. The first survey will allow the coordinator to intervene if mentoring relationships need attention. The second survey will be designed to assess the success of the program and to solicit information from both mentors and students that can be used to improve future years' mentoring.

This unique partnership between Moritz Law, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and practitioners will reinforce the shared responsibility law students, law schools, bar associations, and practitioners have in easing the transition from law student to successful lawyer. In addition, it will increase the intellectual stream of ideas that enlivens legal theory and generate animated and informed discussion and debate.