Student Success Mentoring Program
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Connecting you with today’s leaders
to equip you for tomorrow’s success
Cumberland School of Law is proud to introduce the Student Success Mentoring Program (SSMP). The program provides students with an excellent opportunity to receive consistent guidance, and provides alumni an opportunity to advise and impact the next generation of lawyers.
“The SSMP program pairs our students with outstanding alumni who will give them a real world insight into the practice of law. It‘s a wonderful enhancement of Cumberland’s high quality education program.”
-Dean John L. Carroll
By connecting students with local lawyers and judges, SSMP gives students the opportunity to learn skills and professionalism they need to practice law which they may not learn in an academic setting, and expand their contacts in the legal community. Mentors assist students in defining and accepting their future roles as lawyers and serve as role models in dealing with clients, colleagues, the courts and the community.
Students are matched – as closely as possible – with alumni mentors based upon the student’s interests, geographic preference and the alum’s area(s) of practice and location.
Each mentor/mentee relationship is for one year. At the end of the year, the mentor and mentee can decide whether or not they would like to continue the relationship.
It is the mentee’s responsibility to initiate contact with the mentor. After an initial meeting to determine the nature of the relationship, it is the mentor’s responsibility to schedule meetings in a reasonably timely manner. Each mentor is encouraged to commit a minimum of 2 hours per month towards the relationship. It is the quality of the relationship, not the quantity of time spent, that determines the success of the mentoring relationship.
SSMP is not a job placement program.The goal of this program is not to gain employment, but to facilitate relationships between students and alumni as well as provide a learning experience and means of professional development.
For more information, please contact Anne Marovich at 205-726-2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Alumni Relations office in room 130 in Robinson Hall.