Affinity Mentoring Programs

Program Overview

The Law School is pleased to facilitate mentoring relationships between 1Ls and alumni by pairing first year students with alumni mentors in the Chicago area. These mentoring programs are intended to provide students with the tools to guide their success in the legal profession and to better connect them with the Chicago legal community.

Please see below for more details for each affinity program. Recruitment for the 2020-21 programs will begin in early fall 2020. Please send in your application to be a mentee at the relevant link below by mid October. Watch for emails with more information.

Hear from former mentees about their experiences in the program in the Mentee Testimonials document.

Please contact the Office of External Affairs at with any questions.

What is an Alumni Mentoring Program?

Alumni Mentoring Programs provide students with the tools to guide their success in the legal profession and to better connect them with the Chicago legal community. Mentoring programs allow students to meet and network with alumni in legal professions within a specific affinity group. 

Which affinity groups will host mentoring programs during the 2020-21 year?

  • Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA)
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
  • Latinx Law Students Association (LLSA)
  • OutLaw
  • Women’s Mentoring Program

Who participates in the program?

Mentoring programs are open to all incoming JD students interested in being mentored by a UChicago alumnus/alumna or attorney working in Chicago. Mentors are recruited by the sponsoring affinity group student organizations and the Office of External Affairs.

What is expected of me as a mentee?

The mentoring programs span the length of the academic year. Therefore, we ask that all mentees commit to being involved in the program from October 2020 through June 2021.

Your level of involvement with your mentor is entirely up to you and your mentor. Please remember that mentors have very busy schedules and that their time is valuable. During your first meeting, we encourage you and your mentor to discuss your expectations for the year with each other, including meeting/discussion frequency, meeting location and medium for communication. The Law School will provide more information to guide your mentorship.

Be respectful of the time commitment required of mentors and make sure to respond promptly to communications, be punctual to events, and honor all commitments. We hope that at a minimum you will:

  • Meet in person or virtually with your mentor once each quarter;
  • Participate in one or more group events; and
  • Communicate with your mentor via email or phone periodically as agreed upon by you and your mentor

We hope your mentoring relationship continues past your 1L year.

Can I participate in more than one mentoring program?

Students may participate in a maximum of two Alumni Mentoring Programs to ensure the best experience for both student mentees and alumni mentors. The Law School Big/Little Sibling program is not included in this limitation.

Are there program-sponsored events?

Each mentoring program will offer approximately one mentor-mentee virtual networking event each quarter. Virtual events are scheduled by the sponsoring student organization and may vary by program.

Important Dates

  • October 16: Deadline to sign up as a mentee
  • November 9: Mentees will receive an email introducing them to their mentor
  • November 12, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm: The Law School will host a Virtual Kickoff Event 

Who should I contact with additional questions?

To reach the Office of External Affairs, please contact Hannah Fine, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at

Additionally, please feel free to reach out to student organization leaders: