Many student organizations seek to network with attorneys and other professionals who share similar interests or backgrounds. While the Law School encourages the development of mentoring programs as a mechanism for creating professional networks, the Law School wants to ensure that both the students and the professionals have a positive experience. For that reason, any student organization with a mentoring program (defined as a program by which a student organization matches practicing lawyers or other professionals with current students for the purpose of facilitating the professional or academic development of the student) must meet with the Office of the Dean of Students and the External Affairs Office at the beginning of each academic year to discuss the student organization’s plan for the mentorship program for that academic year. Any organization interested in creating a mentorship program must meet with the Office of the Dean of Students and the External Affairs Office prior to launching the program. Student organizations with mentoring programs are strongly encouraged to ask student participants to attend Office of the Dean of Students-sponsored programs on mentoring.