November 19, 2019 Article

It Takes a Village: A Young Lawyer’s Perspective on Mentoring

One mentor won’t be able to answer all of your questions or provide you all of the support you need. Look to different people for help with different goals.

By Victoria Clark

Advice often given to lawyers—especially those who are young, female, or people of color—is to “find a mentor.” Finding the right mentor is touted as the solution to all problems. What should one do when one has found a mentor? Ask your mentor!

Finding a mentor is easy. Finding the right mentor is hard. And finding a mentor who can provide advice on everything, who can supply endless connections, and who will be available for years is impossible. It’s time that we change the way we think about mentoring, both as mentees and as mentors. Bottom line: It takes a village.

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