Eligibility for Mentors and Mentees

To register as a mentee, you must:
  • Complete the program within the first 5 years of practice in Illinois.
  • Be registered as active on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll, or
  • Have sat for the Illinois bar exam, or
  • Have submitted a Rule 704A or 705 admissions application.
To register as a mentor, you must:
  • Have practiced law for 5 years or more,
  • Be active and in good standing on the Illinois ARDC Master Roll, and
  • Have never been suspended or disbarred in any jurisdiction.

I’m eligible. What’s next?

1 Select a sponsoring organization.

Most of our mentoring pairs are matched through sponsoring organizations. These organizations help us administer the program at an organizational level.

Sponsoring Organizations

2 Complete the Registration Agreement.

Mentors and mentees must register to participate in our mentoring program, which is administered by sponsoring organizations.

Those participating in in-house mentoring programs (i.e., law firms, corporate legal departments, governmental entities), don’t need to complete the Registration Agreement.

Mentor Registration Mentee Registration

3 Participate in an orientation.

The completion of an online or in-person orientation is required before beginning your mentoring term. Your sponsoring organization will provide instructions on how your orientation will be administered.

Online Mentoring Orientation

4 Complete the Mentoring Agreement.

All mentors and mentees (including those in in-house programs) must complete the Mentoring Agreement, which defines the parameters of the mentoring relationship.

Mentoring Agreement

5 Complete the year-long mentoring program.

Your mentoring program will be guided by the Mentoring Plan, which is a flexible curriculum that you and your mentoring partner will follow. Mentors and mentees meet a minimum of eight times during the one-year term.*

Your sponsoring organization will match you with a mentoring partner that meets your training goals.

6 Apply for CLE Credit.*

At the end of the mentoring term, attorneys must complete the Mentoring Attestation and CLE Certification. This will ensure you receive 6 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit for completing the program, including 1 hour of diversity and inclusion CLE and 1 hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE.

Newly-Admitted Attorneys

The Rule 793(c) Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys states completion must be one year after admission to practice in Illinois; however, if the Newly-Admitted Attorney is involved in a mentoring program that will not complete its term until after the one-year deadline, the mentoring credits still may be used to satisfy this requirement. (More information may be found on the MCLE website.)

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 (6 PR CLE) + Basic Skills Course (6 CLE) + 3 hours CLE = 15 hours
  • Mentoring Program in lieu of the Basic Skills Course (6 PR CLE) + 9 hours CLE = 15 hours

Apply for CLE credit

*Virtual Mentoring Meetings Allowed: Mentoring pairs may hold any or all of their required in-person meetings over the one-year term through video conference as an alternative to in-person meetings, which remain encouraged when physically possible and safe to do so. If you have questions, please reach out to Mark C. Palmer at mark.palmer@2civility.org.