Students will be mentored by some of the leading barristers, solicitors and judges in NSW. The mentoring program aims to give law students a head start for their future career and to improve the competence, professionalism and capability of Notre Dame’s law graduates.
The program will benefit some of the university’s top law students by giving them access to some of the nation’s leading legal experts, including Geoffrey Watson SC, a barrister at Seven Wentworth Chambers and a member of the School of Law’s Advisory Board.
Students will benefit by attending court and work meetings; learning about goal-setting and job interview skills; building professional networks, and learning how to engage professionally with senior legal professionals.
Professor Michael Quinlan, the dean of the School of Law, said mentoring was a critical component in supporting law students to succeed as graduates. He said mentoring develops students’ key skills, fosters healthy relationships and gives real perspective on the practice of law as part of a profession.
“The mentoring program builds on this approach by providing a personalised learning environment for students whereby mentees can receive professional guidance and practical knowledge from experienced legal professionals.
“I am extremely appreciative of the support from the St Thomas More Society, in particular the commitment of its president, Michael McAuley, for their dedication to providing Notre Dame’s law students with this professional training.”
Picture: Alana Rafter, Simon Lewis (senior associate and mentor from Allens), Carly Stephens, Mia McCumstie and Daniel Walker at the mentoring program launch.