Supporting our diverse student community at The Dickson Poon School of Law is a priority. The school prides itself in offering our students a range of support and, as part of our commitment to widening participation, we also offer initiatives to specifically assist students from underrepresented backgrounds*.
With a six-month cycle from October – April (includes January break) the Group Mentoring Programme at The Dickson Poon School of Law helps to facilitate positive mentor-mentee relationships between law students from a diverse background and law alumni. Rather than a one-to-one mentoring relationship, discussion takes place between mentors and groups of up to 3 students at a time who have been hand-matched based on shared study and/or career interests, backgrounds, or facing similar challenges/experiences. Alongside mentor-mentee relationship building, the group structure helps students to develop their peer-peer connections, and develop their listening, questioning, empathising and rapport-building skills.
Mentoring groups meet once a month (virtual or in-person) for at least one hour, with pre-work and post-work allocated and discussed in the sessions. Mentees are also able to contact their mentors outside of group meetings and mentors may be required to commit time outside of the meetings to review CV’s, cover letters, or respond to tasks and additional questions from mentees.
Interested in becoming a mentor on the Group Mentoring Programme?
We invite all King’s law alumni to apply as a mentor to this programme by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a 100–150 word professional description (do indicate where you are based), share why you’re interested in becoming a mentor and how you believe your mentorship would be of value to a King’s law student from a diverse background.
*This includes students from low socioeconomic backgrounds; students with a disability; students who are the first in their immediate family to have attended University; those who have participated in King’s-led outreach programmes including the K+ programme; students who are care-experienced, estranged or forced migrants; and students from Black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds.
Apply as a mentor