Legal Geek Mentorship
We want to help drive innovation across the legal industry by enhancing diversity and inclusion.
The Legal Geek Mentorship Programme connects mentors and mentees across the legal industry, with a focus on supporting underrepresented groups. We enable participants to create meaningful two-way relationships based on the exchange of knowledge and experience, with the goal of maximising mentees’ potential and developing a pipeline of future leaders.
Our next cohort will continue to focus on addressing the underrepresentation of the following groups in leadership roles in the legal industry, and we invite them to join us as mentees:
- People from black and ethnic minority backgrounds
- People with disabilities (inc neurodiversity)
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+)
- Those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds
We welcome mentors from all backgrounds.
In 2021 we have partnered with the mentoring platform Guider, which is designed to be fully virtual to support working from home. There is an integrated video chat on the mentoring platform, so we can take the entire programme virtual. This partnership empowers you to learn and grow and the AI matching algorithm connects people across the business with the best mentors for them and their personal development needs.
When will the next chort start?
To be involved in the next cohort you need to complete the form below and if your application is successful, we will be in touch to invite you to the next stage of the process. There might be a delay hearing from us because we only review matches in batches every couple of months!
I have not heard anything about my application?
If you are a student your application will not be processed. Sorry, we organise a separate program of student events, you can learn more about them here.
Spaces are limited for this pro-bono program. We will only contact successful applicants. If your application is successful, we will be in touch to invite you to the next stage of the process.
There might be a delay hearing from us because we only review matches in batches every couple of months!
How are mentors and mentees matched?
For the next cohort, we will be partnering with Guider, a mentoring software platform, to match mentors and mentees. Guider’s platform uses a mixture of neural-linguistic programming and machine learning to ensure a mentee is matched with the most relevant mentor for them. This is based on their skills, goals, experience, interests and business goals.
How often are mentors and mentees expected to meet?
We expect all mentors and mentees to meet regularly, at least once per month for the duration of the cohort.
Do we meet in-person or digitally?
To allow us to match mentors and mentees based on a wide variety of factors, not just geographic location, you may be matched with someone that is too far away to meet in person.
We suggest that you meet virtually, but if you are close enough to meet in person we encourage you to do that too.
found experience valuable
of employees involved in mentoring programmes had a salary change (Gartner)
of employees involved in mentoring programmes developed greater confidence (Deloitte / Moving Ahead)
Organised with the support of Ivy Wong
“It’s been fantastic to see this programme go from strength to strength. We’ve already matched over 250 mentors and mentees across the industry, and we’re seeing tangible results in terms of positive career stories and lasting connections. I’m confident that this programme will help support a diverse pipeline of talent and develop a strong inclusive community within the legal industry.”