Alumni/Student Mentor Program Application
Create supportive student/alumni relationships focused on maximizing the Nebraska Law experience, professional and career goal-setting, and developing a professional network for the student.
- Linking relationships between two professionals who share a tie to Nebraska Law with learning and professional development as the purpose;
- Program is for the 9-month duration of the academic year;
- Mentoring relationships will be fostered by the two individuals but programming support will be provided by the College of Law.
- Mentors do not have to be local. We welcome mentors from across the state and the country. Mentors are encouraged to have at least one face-to-face interaction with their mentees, but this interaction could take place via Skype or FaceTime.
Communicate twice monthly during the 9 month-period of the program at mutually agreed upon times and in a manner that works for both mentor and mentee. These communications can take place in person, via phone, or via email. It would be ideal for mentor and mentee to meet in person at least once, but that is not a strict requirement of the program.
“The [Alumni/Student Mentoring Program] was a fun program that helped me stay connected to the law school, introduced me to a wonderful new attorney, and I felt like I was doing some good and helping the College of Law. It was a minimal time commitment and you can really tailor the program to your style and to fit you and your student."
Laura GonnermanClass of 2012
“[M]entoring first year law students is a service to our profession worthy of [your] time and effort, and is something that will benefit both the mentor and the student for years to come.”
Hon. Michael PirtleClass of 1978
“Part of our greatest attribute as practicing attorneys is to foster the next generation of lawyers. Being able to communicate with my mentee in a relaxed environment will hopefully help him as he transitions to an attorney. Students need someone to be able to talk to outside the school personnel and this is a great connection for them and for attorneys to stay involved in both the College of Law and the profession.”
Jon BraatenClass of 2001
“I wish the school would have had this when we were in school. In a lot of ways, we were working without a net. Having survived, we have a lot to offer the generations following.”
Bill OjileClass of 1985
“This is a service I could have really used as a student. It was nice to discuss everything from little questions to big picture concerns.”
Josh SchauerClass of 2002
“This is a great way to 'pay forward' all of the advantages and support we have been privileged enough to receive during our legal careers. Even if you did not have a mentor in your first few years, you can use this as an opportunity to build more a more positive example of how the legal community should be supporting its members.”
Ann DiersClass of 1986