The St. Louis Paralegal Association invites you to participate in the Mentorship Program. The program is designed to share knowledge and experiences and to empower those who are students, new to the profession, switching professions or switching specialties by pairing our seasoned paralegals with paralegal students and newer paralegals.
The Program provides the Mentee with a contact within the local legal community who can give insight into the practical aspects of the paralegal profession.
Eligibility Requirements: To participate in the Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee, the applicant must be a current/active member of STLPA.
- Career Development
- Improve and effectively manage skills in the workplace
- Improve the Paralegal professional and morale
What is a Mentee?
A mentee, is a person, whether new or inexperienced in the field, who would benefit from the advice and guidance of a mentor.
What is a Mentor?
A mentor is a person who listens, supports and guides a less experienced person on a consistent basis over a specified period of time.
Who Needs a Mentor?
Anyone who could use:
- A role-model to demonstrate professional conduct and behavior
- A professional to evaluate performance
- An advisor to share goals
- A guide in a new field
- Help during a transition
- Assistance and support
- Vision to see potential and possibilities
- Be a good, active listener
- Encourage and demonstrate confidence in mentee, all the while creating a positive environment
- Show genuine interest and believes in others capabilities
- Provide guidance on how the mentee can develop skills and competencies (education suggestions, CLE information, articles, publications, websites) as well as broader career development and growth (membership and meeting information, volunteer opportunities, interview skills, resume writing)
- Share your knowledge and experiences; including successes and failures
- Share your professional background, including choices you made that both helped and hindered your career path
- Motivate your mentee to learn and grow
- Be loyal, honest, kind, trustworthy and patient
- Demonstrate your openness to coaching and feedback
- Listen carefully to your mentor’s advice and incorporate those insights that make sense for your career
- Be open to new ideas
- Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions
- Share the areas of law and career development in which you would like your mentor’s advice
- Share with your mentor the advice that made the most difference for you and why
- Follow through on commitments
- Share your successes and failures
- Confidentiality above everything else
- Say thank you/show your gratitude
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or mentee, please complete the Mentorship Program Application and submit to:
Jeannine Moentmann, Student Representative
St. Louis Paralegal Association
c/o Lewis Rice LLC
600 Washington Avenue, Suite 2500
St. Louis, MO 63101