Amicus: Mentoring at HLS

Welcome to Amicus

A Pilot Mentoring Program for HLS Alumni and Students

The value of mentoring is well established. The insight of those who have gone before us can help us see what is possible and how to achieve it. The depth of experience, wisdom and insight inherent in the community of Harvard Law School Alumni is vast. Amicus, a pilot mentoring program at HLS, is aimed at helping students connect with alumni who see the value of mentoring and want to serve as independent advisers and sources of support to students. As distinguished from many other mentoring programs, the focus of Amicus is on law school student support generally, and not merely on career guidance. Amicus alumni mentors will benefit by developing meaningful relationships with HLS students and having an additional way to stay connected to the school.

The Harvard Law School Administration is pleased to announce this collaboration between Alumni Relations, Dean of Students Office, Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and the Office of Career Services.

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Mentoring Topics

As distinguished from many other mentoring programs, the focus of Amicus is on law school student support generally, and not merely on career guidance. Through Amicus, students can reach out to alumni to discuss many topics, including::

  • Career advising
    (both general career advising and alternative career advising)
  • Clerkship advising
  • Disability issues in the legal profession
  • Issues facing first generation attorneys
  • Issues of gender in the legal profession
  • Issues of race in the legal profession
  • LGBTQ issues in the legal profession
  • Navigating law school
    (including course selection, extracurriculars, and managing work load and stress)
  • Transitioning between private and public sector
  • Veterans’ issues in the legal profession
  • Work life balance in the legal profession

Pilot Program and Sponsoring Offices

Having engaged with and found meaningful support from student leaders, faculty, administration and alumni, we have invited a select number of students and alumni to participate in the pilot program this spring, with the goal of expanding it to all interested alumni and students as soon as next school year. If you would like to be involved when Amicus is launched more broadly, let us know.

Amicus has been created through collaboration among the Harvard Law School Alumni Center, Dean of Students Office, Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising and Office of Career Services.