MLS Mentor Program

The MLS Mentor Program provides an invaluable opportunity for students to develop a supportive relationship with an experienced professional.

Learn from a Mentor

The program is designed to motivate and encourage students and provide them with a sense of direction for their career paths.

Mentors are drawn from the legal profession and beyond, reflecting the diverse interests of our students. Mentors participating in the program include senior representatives of the legal, corporate, government and community sectors.

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Information for Mentors

Mentor registrations are welcomed year-round. Professionals with three or more years of post-law graduation experience are particularly encouraged to apply. New mentors will be broadly matched with a Melbourne Law School student, depending on the mentor's nominated area(s) of interest and student numbers. Matching occurs for the various student cohorts between February and July.

While the mentor program has well developed objectives for its mentoring pairs, each mentor and mentee bring their own perspectives to the program.

One of the benefits of being a mentor is that it constantly challenges you as to how you do things and why you do them. That self-awareness and self-analysis is invaluable. Having the opportunity to assist the growth and personal development of students is a privilege. I would strongly recommend that others consider being a mentor.

Franz Holzer, Magistrate

Commitment required from mentors

The program is flexible and designed to meet the needs of busy professionals.

Generally, students (mentees) and mentors meet 3 to 4 times during a 9 to 12 month period. Both are provided with documentation to assist after matching has taken place.

By way of example, as a mentor you might participate in one or more of the following with your mentee:

  • Discussions on a variety of work/law/career-related matters
  • Work shadowing (if appropriate)
  • Attending court/meetings with mentee (if appropriate)
  • Having a coffee catch-up or informal meeting, for example, attending a public lecture together
  • Introducing your mentee to colleagues (if appropriate)
  • If mentoring an international student, assisting your mentee to develop a network of professional contacts in Australia
  • Assisting your mentee with goal-setting and decision-making
  • Advice regarding subject selection, resume, job interview skills, internship opportunities (especially for those mentoring first/second year JD students).

Register to become a mentor

For further information, please email law-mentor@unimelb.edu.au or call +61 3 9035 8024.


Information for Students

The MLS Mentor Program is open to all JD students, as well as full-time international MLM students. JD students are able to participate in the program in each year of their degree. Registration for mentees depends on the course and year level students are enrolled in.

The mentor program spans the length of the academic year. It is expected that all mentees commit to being involved for the duration of the program.

The level of commitment for the program is entirely up to the mentee and their mentor. Mentors generally have very busy schedules and their time is valuable. We ask that all mentees discuss their expectations for the year with their mentors. This may include meeting frequency, location and best medium for communication.

Commitment required from mentees

Mentees should set realistic goals when they begin the mentor program, including what they hope to achieve or learn from their mentors. The aim of the program is to meet the needs of the students. A beneficial and rewarding mentoring relationship is often dependent on a mentee's initiative to engagement with their mentor.

As a general guideline, we hope that mentees will be able to:

  • Initiate communications with your mentor after pairing is confirmed
  • Meet with your mentor once a quarter at a minimum
  • Consider topics of discussion and questions for your mentor before each meeting
  • Be punctual to meetings
  • Communicate regularly and promptly with mentor (based on agreement)
  • Honour all your commitments
  • Be respectful of your mentoring relationship and communicate in a courteous manner
  • Thank mentor at the end of the mentoring program
  • Keep shared information confidential.

Register to become a mentee

For further information, please email law-mentor@unimelb.edu.au or call +61 3 9035 8024.