Since you started law school, everyone has been talking about what a great alumni network we have at Notre Dame. I am sure you have been repeatedly encouraged to network with Notre Dame alumni. Are you feeling overwhelmed, wondering where to start, and anxious about how to establish contact? Do you wish that there were one alumnus or alumna who agreed to meet specifically with you?
Through Notre Dame’s Alumni Mentorship Program, the CDO will pair you with a mentor working in the city or practice area in which you are interested in building your career. Please note that as of September 26, all DC mentors have been paired with other students.
If you would like to be paired with an alumni mentor, please fill out this survey by Sunday, November 25 and we will pair you with a mentor before winter break.
The survey will remain open exclusively to 1Ls and transfer students through November 25 and mentors will be assigned on a rolling basis so the earlier you fill out the survey, the sooner you will get your mentor. We cannot guarantee that you will be assigned a mentor practicing in your geographic area of interest or practice area of interest because there are a limited number of mentors in each city but the sooner you fill out the survey, the better your chances of getting a mentor in your desired city or practice area.
To provide background on the program, the CDO launched it in 2015 and it was a tremendous success! We found hundreds of unique mentors from 44 cities and paired them with over 250 students. Beyond just pairing students with alumni mentors, students got a lot out of the relationships, including great advice about how to establish themselves in a particular geographic area, an introduction to other attorneys practicing in various fields, good old networking practice, and even summer and postgraduate jobs.
Please note that all student mentees are required to email their mentor within two weeks of receiving their mentor.
If you have questions about networking, finding Notre Dame alumni, and how to write an effective outreach email, please contact the CDO.
We look forward to pairing you with mentors!