On Tuesday 16th January 2018, the Careers Service, Alumni Relations and the School of Law and Government launched the Graduate to Graduate Law Mentorship Programme, which is the first official Graduate to Graduate Mentorship Programme in Dublin City University (DCU).
This new and exciting initiative, which includes graduates from the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL), Economics, Politics and Law (EPL) and Joint Honours (JH) degrees is based on the ‘3 cups of coffee’ programme and requires mentors and mentees to meet on three separate occasions over a three month period. It aims to establish a graduate network of support between mentors and mentees, to provide encouragement and advice on various aspects of the legal profession, including the pathway to qualifying as a solicitor/ barrister (and Blackhall Place and King’s Inns entrance exams), as well as alternative employment opportunities and options for law graduates.
Following a wide response from law graduates, the Opening Ceremony took place in DCU’s new Moot Court room where Mentorship training and guidelines on the programme were provided, and the mentors and mentees had the opportunity to meet. On completion of the programme, there will be a Closing Ceremony in April 2018 during which time mentors and mentees will report on their experience and provide feedback on the programme.