Top-tier offers targeted mentoring for Indigenous law students
Students at Macquarie University will be the first to benefit from a new Indigenous mentoring program launched by King & Wood Mallesons.
KWM has announced that it will offer a formal mentoring program to support the education and career aspirations of Indigenous law students.
The program will initially be offered through Macquarie University’s Walanga Muru unit, however the international firm said it planned to partner with more institutions from next year.
Kellie Wade, KWM national diversity manager said that the new program reflected a shared vision to encourage and support greater diversity in the legal sector.
“This mentoring program aligns strongly with our inclusion agenda and the commitments made in our Reconciliation Action Plan. It will provide Indigenous students with practical advice and assistance during their studies which in turn will help to set them up for a successful and positive career in law,” Ms Wade said.
The first program will support four law students and commence from mid-August.
Each student will be allocated two mentors, a junior and a senior lawyer, with the aim of providing genuine insights into life in the legal industry as well as an additional layer of support from differing career perspectives.
“KWM is passionate about creating opportunities which generate diversity of thought,” Ms Wade said.