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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
*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 email@example.com.