What is the Lexis® mentoring scheme for in-house lawyers?
We’ve listened to lots of in-house lawyers talk about how they don’t have the same support they had in a law firm. Combined with the need to pick up a whole new set of skills it can be very isolating. In-house lawyers have told us how they have really benefited from being part of a mentoring scheme and we thought that it would be great if we could give more in-house lawyers the opportunity to have this experience. Learning from more experienced colleagues is one of the best ways to develop skills and careers. The mentor also benefits from improving their leadership and management skills. There are no fees involved, it’s a nice opportunity for us to help.
What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship where a mentee is paired with a mentor (usually more experienced) to help the mentee develop and achieve their goals. The mentor should aim to provide insights and a wider view. However, mentoring is not a “one way” street – in many cases the mentor learns just as much as the mentee from the relationship.
How does it work?
All mentors will need to write a brief biography. The mentees will need to write what they hope to get out of the scheme. We’ll then pair up a mentor with a mentee.
Once “paired” you will both receive training to help you get the most out of the scheme. Once you’re ready to go, you will then arrange to meet every couple of months.
We anticipate the relationship initially lasting for a year. However, if you’d both like to continue then of course you’d be welcome to do so.
For further details on this network, please email Sophie Gould.
What makes a good mentor?
- Dedicated to the scheme
- Good listener and empathetic
- Well connected
- Someone who will challenge
- Confident and successful
- Competent and respected in their area
- Open/honest and approachable
- Takes action and follows through
- Down to earth and not preoccupied with status
- Helps answer the mentee’s questions
- Has a good sense of humour
What makes a good mentee?
- Open minded
- Acts and takes ownership
- Open and able to build a rapport
- Reliable and has a genuine interest
- Demanding and proactive
- Provides good feedback
- Has a good sense of humor
- Willing to embrace new things and interested in what’s new