Connected for Success
At Concordia University School of Law, the mission of the Legacy Mentor Program is to give students insight into how the foundational legal education taught in the classroom can be applied to real experience, and show them how they can use their skills to create change, serve others, and become active citizens in our community.
This unique program pairs every student with an attorney or judge who acts as a support system, providing insight, knowledge, and advice. These mentors take an active role in helping you learn first-hand what it means to be a lawyer. Having graduated from law school, these legal professionals know what the students are going through – and how to help them. Whether it’s to observe a deposition, assist with research, or accompany them as they litigate a case, students discover how the foundational legal education taught in the classroom applies to real experience.
All full-time and part-time law students are required to participate in the mentorship program for six semesters. Part-time and full-time students progress through the mentorship program curriculum at the same pace, based on the first semester they attended Concordia University School of Law. A total of two (2) credit hours are awarded for the Mentorship program (1/2 credit for each semester of the 2nd Year and 3rd Year Mentorship classes).
First Year Students - "Introduction to the Practice of Law": The first year of the mentorship program is intended to bridge the gap between any preconceived ideas about practicing law and the actual practice of law. Students will: 1) Attend and participate in mentor events, and 2) Participate in structured legal activities with mentors. There is no classroom component to the mentor program during the first year.
Second Year Students - "What it Means to be an Attorney": Second year students must enroll in the fall and spring 2nd Year Mentorship class. The course curriculum includes attorney panel discussions* organized by practice area or subject matter. In addition to this classroom component, second year students will interact with their assigned mentors, attend mentor socials, complete legal activities with their mentors, and draft memoranda regarding their experiences.
Third Year Students - "Transition to Practice": In the third year, the mentorship curriculum and panel discussions* focus on the transition from student to practitioner. A third year student must enroll in a fall and spring section of the 3rd Year Mentorship class. In addition to the panel discussions, third year students complete professional development activities with their assigned mentors.
*The 2nd and 3rd year discussion panel topics typically include large law firm, government, public interest and public defense, judiciary, alternative legal careers, client management, business of practicing law, and the transition to practice. Each panel will include a discussion on professionalism and civility issues, related to the specific fields/topics.
- Legacy Mentor Program Manual (pdf)
- Professional Development Plan (pdf)
- Confidentiality Agreement (pdf)
- IRPC 1.6: Confidentiality of Information (pdf)