Mentoring Program

First-Year Student & Alumni Mentor Program

Thank you for your interest in participating in the First-Year Student & Alumni Mentor Program. The program is designed as a system of support and guidance in which a Loyola alumni can share their experience and insight with current students. The program is not designed or intended to focus on employment opportunities.

The mentor program does not require alumni to log hours or meet a specific time commitment. Instead, the mentor and students are free to determine how often they should meet or communicate based on what works best for the pair. Meetings can be as informal as getting together for coffee, lunch or perhaps writing a quick email to each other. We strongly encourage you to maintain contact with each other at least once a month, even if that means just dropping a quick email to check in on the student.  

The criteria used in assigning a mentor will be based on information provided by the alumni on the Mentor Registration Form and information provided by students on the Student Registration Form. Pairing of alumni and students is based on some commonality between the pair (i.e. gender, division, ethnicity etc.) Confirmation letters regarding mentor/mentee match will be sent in September and will contain contact information such as name, phone and email address. The letter will go to the email address you provided on your registration form.

The Alumni Association will host a Student & Alumni Mentor Brunch on Sunday, October 13, 2019. More information about the brunch will be provided once the pairing has been completed. The brunch is held on campus and helps facilitate a meeting of mentors and students. However, we encourage students and mentors to communicate prior to the brunch. Attendance at the brunch is not required but is highly encouraged.

Expectations of Mentors: Mentors are encouraged to share their Law School experience while providing support and guidance to students as they navigate through their first year of law school. Mentors are encouraged to check-in with their mentee during midterms and finals. Given the demands of busy schedules, mentors are asked to respond to mentees within a reasonable time.  

Expectations of Students: Students should seek guidance from their mentors about navigating through and meeting the demands of law school. Mentees are asked to respond to mentors within a reasonable time, simply letting the mentor know you’ve received their message and are busy, but will respond soon.

Please take this opportunity to give back and make a difference at Loyola Law School. Register to be a mentor to a law student.