At Jenner & Block, we believe that effective mentoring can dramatically impact an associate’s experience and ability to develop and succeed as a lawyer. This is why all first, second and third-year associates across the Firm participate in our formal mentoring program. The program is designed to help associates integrate into the Firm, learn our culture and develop the skills needed to advance.

First-year associates are paired with a mid-level or senior associate from the same department.  Second- and third-year associates are paired with a partner from the same department. At the end of three years, associates have had the benefit of three different mentors – all with different styles, personalities and backgrounds. This experience will help the associates find their own styles and also helps mentors and mentees alike appreciate the benefits of diversity.

How It Works
Mentors and mentees participate in a brief training session and receive a Mentor Program Handbook. The training and handbook are designed to make sure that both participants understand their roles and responsibilities.

Mentees are responsible for scheduling regular meetings with their mentors and setting the agenda. Mentors commit to setting aside two hours per month for the mentor relationship. Pairs can decide to meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee – whatever works best for the pair.

One of the cornerstones of the program is consistency. To develop a true mentoring relationship, pairs need to spend two hours together every month.  This consistency helps the pair get to know each other and provides the foundation for the relationship. The Chief Talent Officer “checks in” with mentors and mentees each month to make sure that they are meeting regularly.

When associates reach their fourth year, they move on to participate in the Firm’s Career Development Plan Program (CDPP), which includes a formal advisor component.

For more insights on the Mentoring Program, read what other mentors and mentees have to say In Their Words.