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WHAT IS MENTOR IN LAW?

Law schools are churning out lawyers of yesterday instead of tomorrow. There is a significant gap in what is being taught in law schools and what is needed from a lawyer in the 21st century. To bridge the gap between studying law and practicing law, we created Mentor in Law.

Mentor in Law is a global   platform that aims to scale mentorship in the legal industry to shape the 21st century lawyer.

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EVENTS

LEARN FROM THE BEST

18 May 2021

Elevating Your Virtual Presence

Learn how to improve your virtual presence on video calls with Elisabeth Hutchison, founder of Work from Home University and the Director of Admissions at the University of Hawai'i School of Law. Check out her website at https://wfhuniv.com/.

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20 May 2021

Conversations

Busting Imposter Syndrome for Lawyers

Learn how to identify and deal with imposter syndrome with attorney and inclusion expert, Neha Sampat.

11 June 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours with Nyssa: Ask Me Anything (June)

Come ask me anything about law school or the practice of law (or just stop by to say hello!)!

-After hundreds of 1:1 meetings with law students, I'm opening my Zoom "office" for 1 hour once a month instead of individual meetings
-Everyone is welcome, but it'll be on a first-come, first-served basis
-Registration is required

9 July 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours with Nyssa: Ask Me Anything (July)

Come ask me anything about law school or the practice of law (or just stop by to say hello!)!

-After hundreds of 1:1 meetings with law students, I'm opening my Zoom "office" for 1 hour once a month instead of individual meetings
-Everyone is welcome, but it'll be on a first-come, first-served basis
-Registration is required

13 August 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours with Nyssa: Ask Me Anything (August)

Come ask me anything about law school or the practice of law (or just stop by to say hello!)!
-After hundreds of 1:1 meetings with law students, I'm opening my Zoom "office" for 1 hour once a month instead of individual meetings
-Everyone is welcome, but it'll be on a first-come, first-served basis
-Free, but registration is required

10 September 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours with Nyssa: Ask Me Anything (September)

Come ask me anything about law school or the practice of law (or just stop by to say hello!)!

-After hundreds of 1:1 meetings with law students, I'm opening my Zoom "office" for 1 hour once a month instead of individual meetings
-Everyone is welcome, but it'll be on a first-come, first-served basis
-Registration is required

8 October 2021

Office Hours

Office Hours with Nyssa: Ask Me Anything (October)

Come ask me anything about law school or the practice of law (or just stop by to say hello!)!

-After hundreds of 1:1 meetings with law students, I'm opening my Zoom "office" for 1 hour once a month instead of individual meetings
-Everyone is welcome, but it'll be on a first-come, first-served basis
-Registration is required

Let's democratize the practice of law

EVENTS

LEARN FROM THE BEST

11 May 2021

Practice Areas

Practice Spotlight: Tribal/Indian Law

Learn how to get started in Indian/Tribal Law, what the practice area entails, what resources are helpful, etc. from Gabe Galanda, managing partner of Galanda Broadman, an Indigenous rights firm. The moderator will be Jr. Cuevas, General Counsel of Ramsey Companies.

5 May 2021

Conversations

How to Study Efficiently for the Bar Exam

Learn how to study efficiently for the Bar Exam and how to avoid the most common mistakes by Ashley Heidemann, founder of JD Advising.

29 April 2021

Practice Areas

Practice Spotlight: Blockchain Technology

Join us to learn what lawyers should know about blockchain technology, smart contracts, and cryptocurrencies and how to get started from both a lawyer and an economist.

Our esteemed panelists:
- Michael Kunz: Senior Legal Associate, MME
- Navroop Sahdev: Founder of The Digital Economist and MIT Fellow

Our moderator:
- Mia Little, Corporate Counsel, Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft

28 April 2021

Tech Skills

Digital Marketing for Lawyers

Learn what lawyers should know about digital marketing with one of the world's leading digital marketing and SEO experts, Rand Fishkin.

23 April 2021

Conversations

Navigating Your Career in the Law

Learn how to supercharge your international legal career with the founders of Mentor in Law and Law Ninjas.

6 April 2021

Conversations

Mentorship in the Law

We think mentorship can change the world. But it's not always clear what a mentor is and isn't, how to seek one out, and why it matters in the legal industry. Having the right mentors can truly make or break your career, so you don't want to miss this discussion with two fantastically gifted mentors in law, Mey Ortiz and Richard Amador.

24 March 2021

Tech Skills

Advanced LinkedIn for Lawyers

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for networking, building relationships, personal branding, and more. Join us to learn how you can use the platform to advance your career as an aspiring or current lawyer.

24 February 2021

Power Skills

The Art of Storytelling for Lawyers

"What is one skill that you think every lawyer in our modern era should learn?"

I get asked this question a lot and I have lots of thoughts about it, but today, the power skill that I think every lawyer should learn is #storytelling.

Storytelling is a powerful tool to inform, influence, and inspire. It forges connections among people, and between people and ideas. It can be both strategic and tactical. In the law, it has traditionally been an important skill for litigators, but in today's digital era, its relevance and significance for ALL #lawyers can't be overstated.

In the next installment of the Mentor in Law webinar series, come learn how you can incorporate the art of storytelling in your #legaleducation or #legalpractice from two very gifted storytellers with different styles (traditional vs. new media).

🔵 Our main speaker is Jonathan Shapiro. He's an executive producer, legal drama writer, lecturer, and former federal prosecutor.

🔵 Our moderator is Alex Su. He's the creator of hilarious TikToks parodying the legal industry.

16 February 2021

Conversations

How Associates Can Thrive in a Remote World

Join us for an honest conversation with a BigLaw partner, Nikki Bhargava. She's a Partner in the Advanced Media and Technology Group at Loeb & Loeb LLP in Chicago. She'll share all the things that have worked (or not worked) with her associates. She'll also share some tips on how to thrive instead of merely survive in this new remote world. It'll be an open opportunity for new associates and associates-to-be to ask questions that they may not feel comfortable asking their own partners.

It'll be moderated by Liat S. Martinez - a first-year associate at Dunner Law PLLC in Washington D.C.

Let's demystify the legal industry

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Mentor in Law is a digital learning platform that aims to democratize the practice of law and teach what law school doesn't by scaling mentorship to shape the 21st century lawyer. Subscribe to our biweekly newsletter, attend our events to learn the practical skills, and join our global community of law students and lawyers on our platform and social media.

The biweekly newsletter covers everything law school doesn’t teach you, particularly the practical aspects. With a focus on diversity & inclusion and the future of work, newsletters feature advice on how to get into different fields of law from practicing lawyers, how to maximize your law school experience from law professors, how to navigate opportunities beyond the law from non-practicing lawyers, and how to build a successful career both in and out of the law. It’s a self-contained email newsletter, so the advice is succinct, actionable, and to the point, without fluff or long-form narratives. The inaugural issue came out on June 20, 2020, and subsequent issues will be published on the 1st and 15th of every month.

I frequently receive requests for coffee, phone calls, and/or mentorship from law students and lawyers. In speaking to hundreds of law students and drawing from my own law school experience, I realized there is so much law schools don’t teach you about the practice of law and being a lawyer in general. I wish I had sought out a mentor in law much earlier to help guide me through OCI, interviews, jobs, networking, and general lawyering, so I hope this newsletter bridges that information gap for others and serves as another resource to learn the practical skills to thrive as an aspiring or practicing lawyer.

I am a fierce advocate of impactful mentorship, and having been both the mentor and mentee (and a first-generation, female, minority lawyer), I know firsthand what magic can come from people believing in you, your abilities, and your potential, and people providing proper guidance and access to opportunities that may not have hit your radar otherwise. We are all the byproduct of the collective wisdom of our family, friends, teachers, and mentors, and the best way to honor that is to pay it forward.

In addition to providing an opportunity to scale the advice and pay it forward , my goal for this newsletter is to crowdsource perspectives and amplify diverse voices in the legal profession, particularly first-generation and minority lawyers. Representation matters, and different things resonate with different people.

It's for law students, LLM students, recent graduates, and lawyers. Much of the content will be relevant to all legal professionals in general, particularly those that are looking to move jobs, change careers, learn practical skills, or switch practice areas. Pre-law students are also welcome to sign up – it’s never too early to be informed.

We encourage all stakeholders and institutions in the legal ecosystem to use Mentor in Law, including law professors, law schools, law firms, nonprofits, governments, and corporate legal departments, as we’re confident that everyone can find value in the platform.

We’re so happy to hear that you’re looking for an opportunity to pay it forward. Please sign up here and we’ll let you know when we launch the mentorship program.

Mentor in Law was founded by Nyssa P. Chopra. She is a lawyer, writer, mentor, tech advocate, and global citizen. Read more about her here and connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram

  • Mentoring and sponsoring;
  • Recruiting and interviewing;
  • How to network in the age of Covid-19;
  • First-generation student struggles;
  • Power skills, or “soft skills”;
  • Tech skills;
  • Virtual internships and externships;
  • How to find the best practice area for you;
  • Diversity and inclusion;
  • Women in law;
  • Personal branding;
  • Myth busting of different practice areas;
  • Book recommendations;
  • Resources for the Bar Exam;
  • How to land your first legal job;
  • Alternative careers for JDs; and much more.

  • International diplomats;
  • Federal prosecutors;
  • District attorneys;
  • In-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies;
  • Nonprofit leaders;
  • Public defenders;
  • Judges and justices;
  • Public interest lawyers;
  • Government officials;
  • Journalists;
  • Attorneys General;
  • Law professors;
  • AmLaw 100 firm associates and partners;
  • Boutique firm lawyers;
  • Startup advisors/founders;
  • Solo practitioners; and more.

Absolutely! Please feel free to email Nyssa directly at nyssa@mentorinlaw.org with any feedback or suggestions for features in the future.

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