| A mentor is an attorney with at least eight years’ experience in a specific area of law who provides professional guidance and shares his/her practical knowledge and skills with a mentee.
||A mentee is an attorney who is newly-admitted (5 years of experience or less) or who has not had the opportunity to gain the skills required to practise in an area of law in which he/she has shown a keen interest.
Dear Legal Practitioners
To support the profession’s quest to provide the highest quality of legal services to the public, LEAD facilitates a mentorship programme between attorneys at different law firms. The objective of the mentoring programme is to elevate the competence, professionalism and success of attorneys through positive mentoring relationships.
The mentees and mentors are matched according to the skills to be transferred and the location of the parties. Through training, LEAD provides mentors with guidance on how to become successful mentors and build relationships of mutual trust and respect. The number of mentors taking part will determine the number of matched mentoring pairs the programme is able to support.
Mentoring is a win-win situation for the attorneys, profession and public. The mentees learn best practices which improves their confidence and professional judgment, thereby providing their clients with a better service. By helping others to practise law, mentors often find that mentoring cements their own knowledge on best-practice strategies. In addition, mentors get the satisfaction that comes from a sense of giving back to the profession.
The next step
If you are able to mentor an attorney, or if you are an attorney who would benefit from being mentored, please complete the online forms below. During the enrollment process, both the mentors and mentees will select preferences in various legal areas. Thereafter, the process will be as follows:
- The mentor will receive a guide to mentoring and skills transfer in the profession.
- The mentee will receive an email setting out the steps that are followed in a mentoring relationship.
- LEAD will do its best to pair a mentee to a mentor.The parties will be matched according to the skills to be transferred and the location of the parties.
- The parties will agree on expectations and requirements upfront and complete a mentorship agreement.
- The mentors and mentees can agree on the time frames involved. We suggest, however, that the mentor provides at least 24 hours direct and personal mentorship within a twelve-month period.
- The mentors and mentees will participate in interim and post appraisals to determine the effectiveness of the programme.
While we will make every effort to match you with a mentee, the match depends on the number of mentees in your area plus their skills transfer needs. Therefore, we cannot guarantee an immediate match. We will, however, keep your details on our database and continue to look for a suitable match.
While we will make every effort to match you with a mentor, the match depends on the number of mentors in your area plus their specialisation. Therefore, we cannot guarantee an immediate match. We will, however, keep your details on our database and continue to look for a suitable match.
The LEAD Team
Contact person: Euginia Sookane
Please email your queries on the mentorship programme to Euginia@LssaLead.org.za or tel: 012 441 4600 (switchboard).