Mentoring, on a formal or informal basis, is one of the best
experiences for lawyers to build or refresh the knowledge and
skills needed to become effective practitioners. By creating
an environment for idea exchange and open discussion, the Inn of
Court becomes the ideal place for new lawyers to learn from more
senior members of the legal community, and for more seasoned
professionals to expand their understanding of new approaches and
technologies. Mentoring can provide fresh perspectives and
insights, regardless of experience level.
Mentoring at the Inn level
Mentoring may take place:
- During the regular monthly meeting
- Within the pupillage team as it meets to plan and prepare a
- In a relationship designed for this purpose with scheduled
meetings between a wise and trusted counselor and a less
- In small groups that meet outside monthly Inn meetings
- At the end of the year, the mentoring committee should conduct
an evaluation of the Inn's mentoring program, seeking input from
mentors and protégés and using information from group reports.
- The results of the evaluation should serve as a means for
continually improving the Inn's mentoring program.
- This evaluation is submitted to the national office for Gold
and Platinum designations.
Mentoring Evaluation & Form Samples