Mentoring Guide for Students
Congratulations on your interest in the Mentoring Program!

This has proven to be a successful program, whose goals are to strengthen the network of Widener Law and to assist the graduates of tomorrow in becoming successful, fulfilled professionals.

These tips and suggestions are meant for those who are matched with a mentor through our Program. Those who are not matched through our Program or miss the sign up deadline may find these thoughts useful in networking with attorneys with whom you may come in contact. To help get you started, we offer the following topics as ideas for discussion with your mentor.
  • course selection for later years of law school
  • effective studying and exam taking habits
  • the "nuts and bolts" of law practice, including different types of practice, how to run a law practice, and the role of good management and organizational skills
  • the importance of civility and professionalism
  • customs of law practice in your geographic region
  • steps to take during law school to assist in success on the bar exam
  • career advice, including marketing for a certain type of practice or legal setting, job search tips and strategies, the effect of school activities and course selection on career opportunities, resume, cover letter and interviewing advice, and establishing career goals
  • balancing professional and personal life demands
  • the importance of utilizing existing resources (including the Career Development Office!!).
There are also many activities in which you and your mentor might engage, such as:
  • a meeting in the mentor's office or over breakfast or lunch
  • a half day of shadowing (observing the mentor's practice for a morning or afternoon)
  • observing court proceedings - hearings, arguments, trials, etc.
  • observing a deposition
  • attending bar functions and meetings with your mentor
  • meeting through your mentor with other people who might be able to offer advice or insight into the practice of law
  • conducting mock interviews or resume critiques
  • engaging in e-mail exchanges or telephone discussions
If you have ANY questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at the Career Development Office. Those participating through the Delaware campus should call (302) 477-2163, and those participating through the Harrisburg campus should call (717) 541-3958.