Mentoring

Our Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program creates an opportunity for experienced lawyers to provide professional guidance and share their judgment and skills with new lawyers. Sponsored by over 75 organizations across Illinois, the Mentoring Program provides a flexible structure for practical learning within the context of the mentoring relationship.

Organizations

Be our partner in mentoring. Join our growing list of organizations that are sponsoring mentoring programs for CLE credit.  Many organizations participate in our Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program to be part of our movement to promote professionalism values in new attorneys and to strengthen the professional identity of Illinois lawyers. In addition, for

  • Law Firms: the mentoring programs support CLE compliance, develop professional skills and talents of young associates, instill firm culture and norms, and strengthen relationships among attorneys.
  • Law Schools: the mentoring programs keep recent graduates involved in career development with the school and re-engage older alumni as mentors.
  • Bar Groups: the mentoring programs attract new attorneys to join the bar and serves the membership.

Program Toolkit

Our toolkit contains information and program materials for sponsoring organizations, mentors and new lawyers. All items in the toolkit below may be downloaded, adapted and reproduced for non-commercial purposes.

Mentoring Program Guide: assists organizations in implementing mentoring programs that meet the requirements and our guidelines. Includes action item checklists, forms and tips for organizations to successfully develop and manage their mentoring programs.

Mentoring Plan: provides structure for the mentoring pair to customize and chart the progress of their learning experience. Action items grouped by the five areas of the Illinois professional responsibility requirement, provide new lawyers and their mentors a rich selection of discussion topics, skills and shared professional experiences for the year-long term.

Mentoring Plan Supplement: provides attorneys information, discussion questions and references for each action item in the Mentoring Plan. These resources will facilitate learning and further enhance the mentoring experience.

Mentoring Program Orientation: provides a template PowerPoint presentation for Sponsoring Organizations to use and adapt for their required orientation meetings.

Organization Application

Organizations may offer our Program as-is, or adapt it to suit specific needs. Our Program may be easily integrated into an existing mentoring, training or professional development plan. To be approved to sponsor a Mentoring Program for CLE credit, please complete the Organization Application.

Attorneys

Be inspired. Get involved in lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring. Whether you are a solo practitioner, an attorney at a firm, government agency, or corporate law department, or a new lawyer seeking your first practice opportunity, you will benefit from our Program experience.  To get started, review the qualifications for new lawyers and mentors, select a Sponsoring Organization and complete their online application for new lawyers or mentors. Or, you could suggest that your organization apply to sponsor a program.

New Lawyer Qualifications
Mentor Qualifications
✓ admitted to practice in IL no more than two years✓ admitted to practice law in IL not less than six years
✓ registered as active on the IL ARDC Master Roll✓ active and in good standing on the IL ARDC Master Roll
✓ practicing or intending to practice law in IL✓ never suspended or disbarred in any jurisdiction
✓ program completion within first three years of practice✓ no formal disciplinary complaint pending

CLE Credit

Lawyers receive a total of six professional responsibility CLE credits upon completion of their Sponsoring Organization’s year-long Mentoring Program. Mentors and new lawyers submit the online Attorney Application: Mentoring CLE to obtain credit after completing the Program.

The credit hours will be granted for the year in which the mentoring term is completed. The Rule 793(c) Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys states completion must be one year after admission to practice in Illinois; however, if the new attorney is involved in a Mentoring Program that is not completed until after the one-year deadline, the mentoring credits still may be used to satisfy this requirement.

There are two options for satisfying a portion of the 15-hour Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys with credit for completion of the year-long Mentoring Program. These new attorneys may complete:

  • Mentoring Program for 6 professional responsibility credits + 6-hour basic skills course + 3 hours of CLE credit
  • Mentoring Program for 6 professional responsibility credits + 9 hours of CLE credit

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Katherine Erwin, our Special Programs Director.