On Wednesday, August 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., PDO will sponsor a Program Kickoff Social at Gracie’s www.graciesslc.com. Appetizers will be provided, and there will be a cash bar. Both students who want to be in the Program (and have filled out a questionnaire) and attorney mentors are invited to attend. (Mentor-mentee matches will not be made at this time—this is an event for you to meet several attorneys, not pair off with your mentor). New 1L’s who have RSVP’d and filled out a questionnaire will have priority attendance. Space is limited. Please RSVP no later than Monday, August 15 at noon. That afternoon, PDO will let all who have RSVP’d and filled out their questionnaire whether they are able to attend, or if they are on a waitlist. (Keep in mind, even if you don’t attend this social, Bar Review will take place at Gracie’s right after our event, and several attorneys will linger.) To RSVP for the Social (Yes or No) and apply for the Program, click here: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dERSdDdYd0dKeElmYVdmRGZPVnpzcnc6MQ#gid=0 .
“I was paired with a young attorney who graduated from the University of Utah in 2004. She is a solo practitioner who is doing family law. During fall semester, we met for dinner, and I asked her a lot of questions about law school and her career. She was extremely honest and gave me some good advice. A few weeks later, my classmates and I started hunting for summer jobs. I remembered my mentor attorney saying that she was very busy, so I wrote to ask if I could work for her. She was very excited, and hired me. I started working with her part time. It has been a wonderful learning opportunity. I have been able to do different things while working for her: draft documents, research, attend hearings, and meet with clients, among others. I would highly recommend signing up for the mentoring program. There are a lot of attorneys in the area that are willing to help law students in any way they can. Plus, you might even get a job out of it! Good luck in your studies!”
–Student from Class of 2012.
“I thought it was a good program. At my request, I was assigned to an attorney outside Salt Lake. We emailed and talked on the phone several times about the legal climate on the East Coast, her firm, what she has enjoyed about practicing law. I have an open invitation to visit her, and have someone who will give me good advice.”
–Student from Class of 2012.
“I recommend participating in the PDO mentor program. I found it helpful and well worth the time I invested in it. Within a couple of weeks after being introduced by PDO, my mentor and I met one day after work. I was nervous the first time, but after that I felt like we were friends. I asked about what I should be concerned about, what I should ignore, and what should keep me up at nights. He gave me great advice at every corner. Throughout the year he would check-in and ask how things were, he would review my resume and writing sample before interviews. By the end of the year, he was making calls for me to his other friends so they could give me more specific advice. At the beginning of the year, I considered him a great resource to take advantage of. Now I consider him a good friend that I’ll have for years.”
–Student from Class of 2013.