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Room 2401 was buzzing with get-acquainted conversation recently when about 40 law students met about 40 lawyers in an orientation for the State Bar's Young Lawyers Division and UNM School of Law Mentorship Program.
Each law student was matched with a mentor who will provide them with a glimpse into the profession during the next year. Before the hour-long orientation ended, students set a few professionalism goals they would like to meet before the year is over.
"These goals will be their road map for the year," says John Feldman, assistant dean for career services. "Through the experience of the lawyers, students gain an entry point into the profession."
Lawyers who participate in the program receive professionalism CLE credit.
"When I came to law school, I didn't know any lawyers and quickly learned that much of my legal education didn't make sense unless I talked to lawyers," says Sarita Nair ('03), who, along with Erika Poindexter ('03), are coordinating the effort for the Young Lawyers Division. "This is an opportunity to give back and as a lawyer in my first 10 years of practice, I don't get much of a chance to reflect on my practice."