How it works

How the DiversCity mentoring scheme works……

To take part in this mentoring scheme, you will need to attend the day long DiversCity in Law event in December. To apply for the event please email contactus@diverscityinlaw.com

At the event you will gain a better understanding of the legal sector and what it’s like to be LGBT in the city, which will help you with working out what sort of mentoring support you’d value.

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Once you tell us why you’d like to be mentored and what you would like to get out of the scheme, we will be able to set you up with a suitable mentor.

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Once you have been paired up with a mentor we expect you to contact your mentor to arrange a meeting, either face-to-face or over the phone, to discuss what you want to get out of this scheme and how you believe your mentor can help.

These meetings will be focused and will be based around creating an action plan for you to gain a career in the legal sector in the city (e.g. applying for VAC schemes or training contracts).

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From there the success or failure of your mentoring relationship is down to you. You will need to be the one driving it forward; arranging meetings, communicating with your mentor and preparing for your meetings to ensure you get the most out of the experience.

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As a result we hope you will gain advice and support from someone who has been there and done it. That insight, experience and knowledge will be invaluable to helping you gain career in a city law firm.

What we expect from mentees

The key things we expect from you are that you:

  • Have a genuine interest in a career in law
  • Engage actively in the process once you start it
  • Set expectations at the outset and decide what you want from the relationship
  • Are prepared for your meetings; including advanced thought about how this time can be used to assist you, that your agenda is, any key points you want to discuss
  • Will respect the time commitment your mentor is offering you by honouring any arrangements you have made for meetings/remote conversations
  • Should be willing to receive, and act on, constructive feedback
  • Commit to drive the mentoring relationship forward by being responsible for scheduling your meetings/remote conversations

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