The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America is proud to offer the CUA Law Advantage Mentor Program. The program connects Catholic Law students with graduates who will act as a source of assistance and counsel throughout their law school experience. Mentors share general or expert knowledge, provide real-world insight into the practice of law, guide students in defining and embracing their role as a future lawyer, and serve as role models in dealing with clients, colleagues, the courts, and the community.
How it Works
Students are matched with an alumni mentor, taking into consideration practice area and geographical preference. Mentors are asked to connect with students soon after having been matched. Mentors will remain committed to their student mentees throughout the duration of the student’s time at Catholic Law.
To participate in the CUA Law Advantage Mentor Program, simply complete the appropriate form (students use the mentee application form and alumni use the mentor application form). If you have questions, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (202) 319-5670 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who wish to be paired with an Alumni Advisor (i.e. to participate in a mock interview, learn about a judicial clerkship or speak with an alum regarding a practice area), please contact the Office of Career & Professional Development at (202) 319-5132 or email@example.com.
Alumni volunteer mentors are matched with students taking into consideration practice area, geographical preference, undergraduate institution, or other like interests or affiliations. Mentors are asked to connect with student mentees in person (if feasible), soon after the student’s acceptance to the law school, before the start of the academic year. Mentors are expected to contact mentees at least once during the fall semester and twice during the spring semester, either in person or by phone or electronic communication. Mentors remain committed to mentees throughout the duration of the student’s time at Catholic Law. After the first year mentoring relationship develops, mentors and mentees are encouraged to structure the relationship with the flexibility needed to meet the demands of each other’s schedules, yet remaining committed to assisting and guiding students as necessary.
Alumni - please note that you may not be matched with a student right away. If you are not immediately matched, the Office of Alumni Relations will keep your name on file until a suitable match is identified. If at any time an alum would like his/her name removed from the Mentor Program database, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations.
Alumni Advisors work with the Office of Career and Professional Development to advise students about practice areas, conduct mock interviews, discuss clerkships, etc. Interactions with students can be by phone or in person and normally require a commitment of no more than one-half hour on an as-needed basis.
Thank you for your commitment to the next generation of Catholic Law graduates.