One of the most valuable ways for alumni to reconnect with BU Law is by volunteering. You can support our outstanding students in their course and career choices, expand your alumni network, and recruit top students. Wherever you live or whatever your time constraints, we have a volunteer opportunity to match your interest.
1L Mentor Program
For over a decade, the Mentor Program was designed as a means of connecting first-year students to School of Law alumni in the Boston area. Students assigned to local alumni benefit from the guidance and advice offered by individuals who understand, through firsthand experience, the issues and concerns students face. Participating alumni, with just modest investments of their time, get to maintain intimate contact with their law school, and have the warm satisfaction of having contributed to the comfort and education of future lawyers.
Mentors make a one-year commitment, beginning in students’ first semester of the first-year through the first semester of their second year. Mentors may specify how many students they would like to be assigned. In November, mentors and students are invited to meet each other at a Kickoff Event hosted by the School of Law. Throughout the year, mentors are free to offer their mentees assistance in whatever way they choose.
Suggested mentoring activities include:
- Take your student to lunch
- Invite your student to visit your office
- Bring your student along to observe court proceedings, a deposition, or a closing
- Offer guidance with course selection
- Critique your student’s resume
- Conduct a mock job interview
- Discuss your area of practice. Share your opinions about your field of law or work environment
- Introduce your student to colleagues who are working in fields outside your areas of expertise
- Offer tips on course outlines and preparing for exams
- If your student is from out of state, offer tips on fun places to go and things to do in the Boston area
- Be available to field questions and concerns about law school, exams, and career decisions
- Facilitate meetings between current first-year mentees and former second-year and third-year mentees.
If you would like to volunteer to be a mentor to one or more members of the Class of 2018, please fill out a Mentor Program Enrollment Form. If you have any questions about the Mentor Program, please contact Betsy DiPardo in the Career Development Office at 617-358-5731.
Mock Interview Program
Alumni who are interested in sharing their interviewing expertise are invited to join the Mock Interview Program. Launched in 1999, the program is a service for first-year students to help them hone their interviewing skills. Alumni conduct mock interviews with students and offer advice on student responses, resumes, and personal presentation. The program will hold three events in the spring at Boston area law firms. If you’re interested in participating, please contact the Career Development Office at 617-353-3141.
Moot Court Judging
Alumni are invited to apply as judges for several BU Law Moot Court Programs. Each year, alumni volunteers judge oral arguments for the First-Year Esdaile Moot Court Program, second-year upper-level competitions, and the Negotiation and Client Counseling Competitions. Volunteers have the opportunity to select dates and times to judge. Once a schedule is confirmed, they receive a packet of materials from the School of Law to help them prepare for the competition.
If you’re interested in becoming a moot court judge, contact Jen McCloskey in the First-Year & Advocacy Programs Office at 617-353-3107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyering Lab Client
The Lawyering Lab is a mandatory, simulation-based intensive one-week course for all 1L students. Teams of students act as attorneys for corporate clients in a problem based on an actual transaction between two companies. Students counsel their client, negotiate and draft contractual provisions with opposing counsel, and develop team and professional presentation skills. Alumni from law firms and corporations serve as clients during Lab simulations.
Talk to Admitted Students
Students and graduates alike can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of alumni. BU Law Alumni provide students with firsthand knowledge about acclimating to law school, preparing for a legal career, and managing time and competing obligations after entering the workforce. If you are interested in connecting with admitted students, current students, or recent graduates of BU Law, please contact the Development & Alumni Relations Office at email@example.com.