Should legal professionals have more than one mentor? Should seasoned legal professionals have mentors?
Should legal professionals have more than one mentor?
You bet! And the more mentors the better!
Should seasoned legal professionals have mentors?
The answer is the same: you bet!
Law is a fascinating field, each practice area presents their own body of knowledge often found in statutes and case law. But there are conventions which tend to be passed on orally. If you happen to be in a workplace where there is a senior person involved, hurry and get as much mentoring before they retire!
For those who consider pupilage as part of practice, they will actively train juniors professionals.
For those who have lawyers who are to busy, then there are many continuing professional development resources internally and externally.
One that is noteworthy is volunteering, in Vancouver, there is Amici Curiae Friendship Society, volunteers get to network with legal professionals from different fields, each with varying tenure. Volunteers also get exposed to different areas of law. Curious? Check them out: https://www.legalformsbc.ca/legal-professionals.html.
Now that you accepted your new job, what do you do?
1. Hand write a short letter and mail it to the person who hired you. Please resist the temptation of email.
You were the best candidate for the job which means that you likely ticked most of the boxes but not all. So constructively, invest your time and energies to tick the next box even before stepping into the firm.
Say something like: Thank you for inviting me to you firm.
I’m so excited to be begin on [insert date] !Is there anything I can do to prepare myself to best support you.
If there’s a skill or law office software you know will be a major part of your job—and you don’t have much prior experience with it mention it specifically and ask if there’s a website, an internal procedure manual or other resource for you to review.
2. If you have not yet done so, review your files and BF. Tidy each. Be considerate to the new person taking over. Leave notes. Write memos. Offer to be available to assist in transition. The profession is small community.
3. Be strategic on who you should tell. You are still a member of your current firm.
4. Keeping confidences is a must even after you have left. Be always aware of potential conflicts in your new firm and alert your manager.
5. Now go tell your loved ones and take them out for a nice meal.