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By serving as an Amicus mentor, you can share your wisdom and insight with current HLS students in a way that is convenient and flexible. The Amicus database makes it easy for you to select topics on which you would like to advise and for students to find mentors that are a good match for their goals.

How To Be A Mentor

Nuts and Bolts:

  1. Students will search the Amicus database for alumni with whom they wish to develop a relationship. Not all alumni in the database will be contacted by a student.
  2. You will receive an email once a student has selected you as a mentor.
  3. In the initial email, the student should: a. Outline his or her goals for the mentoring relationship and b. indicate which option he or she has chosen (15, 30 or 60 minutes).
  4. Mentoring conversations can take place by phone, Skype, or in-person as mutually agreed upon by both parties.
  5. In scheduling times to meet or speak, you should not ask or expect students to miss class.
  6. Students should send a resume in advance of the call or meeting so you have a sense of the student’s background and experience. You should request one if the student does not initially attach a resume.
  7. Students are responsible for “running” the calls or meetings and should be prepared with goals, expectations and questions.
  8. If you would like the relationship to continue, encourage the student to reach out to you again in the future.

Best Practices

  1. Follow all the Amicus Guiding Principles
  2. Be responsive and reply to your student’s communications in a timely manner.
  3. Be a good listener. Of course students are reaching out to you for your wisdom and advice, but listen carefully to your student to provide the best advice.
  4. Be respectful of the students’ questions, experiences and perspectives and respect the boundaries set by the students.
  5. Consider checking in on your student from time-to-time to develop a longer-lasting relationship and show your support.
  6. Refresh your memory on what it is like to be an HLS Student and stay apprised on what is happening at the school with our HLS Primer below.
  7. If you are uncomfortable with a topic that a student wants to discuss, you should tell the student you would prefer not to discuss that topic.
  8. Remember that all communications with students should be treated as confidential. The one exception, however, is if you are concerned about the safety or wellbeing of a student, you should promptly email dos@law.harvard.edu or call 617-495-1880.

Get Involved

Right now Amicus is in a pilot phase and the program is limited to a small number of students and alumni who have been invited to participate. If you would like to be involved once Amicus is launched more broadly, let us know.

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