Become a Lucy mentee

The Lucy Mentoring program enables female undergraduate law students to explore their industry through mentorship and real workplace experiences.

  • Clarify your career goals and career direction
  • Gain an insight into organisation cultures at a senior level
  • Build a network law practitioners
  • Increase your likelihood of gaining meaningful employment and achieving to your highest potential
  • Realise the diversity of opportunities available within the legal profession and the personal advantages of achieving job satisfaction
  • Actively engage in decision-making about your future career

Lucy Mentoring Program Student Participant Manual (PDF)

Once accepted into Lucy you will be assigned your own mentor and will spend roughly 35 hours with her or in her workplace over four months. There will also be three workshops and a graduation event.

Lucy Mentoring Program: events and dates
EventDate
Program Workshop: Program commences, learn more about the mentoring process Week 11, Autmn 2021, date TBC
Mid-Program Workshop: Mentees meet as a group to reflect on experiences and share insights with each other Week 2, Spring 2021, date TBC
Final Workshop and Graduation: Hear from mentees about their mentoring experiences and to celebrate each other’s journeys Week 10, Spring 2021, date TBC

 

The mentors are in senior roles, drawn from both the local and Sydney metropolitan region and come from the private and public sectors. They have volunteered to share their work, life experience, skills and knowledge with law students.

Every effort is made to match mentors and students based on a mentor’s area of expertise and a student’s area of interest, however this is not guaranteed.

Interested in being a mentor? Visit our Lucy Mentor page.

Students taking part in the Lucy Mentorship Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Female undergraduate student studying in the School of Law
  • In your penultimate or final year of study
  • Australian citizenship or permanent resident
  • Credit average or above
  • Priority will be given to those students that provide evidence of having experienced, or are currently experiencing, one or more disadvantages that may affect their entry into networks leading to employment in the corporate sector.

All students must be in final/penultimate year of studies in Law. Students are to complete an application form and attend a short interview to be selected into the program.

Applications for 2021 have closed. Applications will reopen in 2022.

Please do not hesitate to contact us via law-internships@uow.edu.au should you have any queries or require assistance.

Experiences for your law career

Hear mentees and mentors share their experiences from the Lucy Mentoring Program and how it will impact students' future careers.

Discover how to become a mentor

[Reporter]

UOW female law students have had the opportunity to experience life as working lawyers after taking part in the Lucy Law Mentoring Program. The program matches female law students with highly successful women in law where they spend 12 weeks learning on the job.

UOW law student and mentee, Bethany, believes it was an invaluable experience.

[Bethany – student/mentee]

I'm originally from Nowra which is a small town an hour south of Wollongong and my family, none of my family is in the legal profession at all. So, I don't have any contacts and it was really hard to get experience in a small town where it's who you know, not what you know. And so this is a fantastic experience for me to get involved to get some experience since this sort of create a network for myself up here as well.

[Mentor]

I became involved because I think that it's really important that young professional women in university who are looking in a career in law have the opportunity to talk to women who are out there in that workforce in that profession and to understand what it's like and the really experience of being a lawyer rather than just in the books.

[Bethany – student/mentee]

And so a lot of court work. I've written sentencing submissions for criminal matters. Writing affidavits, sitting in on client consultations. So whole breadth of activities.

[Reporter]

23 mentors and mentees participated in the program this year and tonight the UOW law students will speak about their experiences and how it will impact their future careers.

[Jessica – student/mentee]

Essentially we've just got to give a couple of minutes presentation on my experience of the program. So, essentially I was with Belinda Baker from the Crown Solicitor's office in Sydney. I essentially went to the Supreme Court, the Court of Criminal Appeal and the Coroner's Court a couple of times. I got to meet judges, Coroner's, senior counsel, all kinds of people and I found it really, really helpful. It was really interesting.

[Mentor]

Lots of fun working with as… I met with as a mentor because it was really nice to be involved with students and to see their enthusiasm and to remember that we had that enthusiasm as well as students.

[Jessica – student/mentee]

It's an invaluable experience. And you're getting to meet and work with really accomplished people. And the more information you can get about your career aspirations, the better.

[Reporter]

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