New Lawyer Mentoring Program



About the Program

The Lawyer Mentoring Program, established by Rule 425, SCACR, connects  new lawyers, who have recently been admitted to the practice of law, with  experienced lawyers for a year-long mentorship. All new lawyers must  register with the mentoring program within 30 days of their admission to the South Carolina Bar by submitting a New Lawyer Application to the Program Administrator. Mentors must have at least five years of experience in the active practice of law. The mentor and the new lawyer are encouraged to work together to identify and help the new lawyer achieve professional goals. Upon completion of the program, mentors receive 4 CLE hours, including 2 hours of ethics. By fostering constructive mentoring relationships, the Lawyer Mentoring Program seeks to elevate the competence, professionalism, and success of South Carolina lawyers.

The purpose of the mentoring program is to provide assistance to the new lawyer in the following respects:

1.) The mentor should assist the new lawyer in developing an understanding of how law is practiced in a manner consistent with the duties, responsibilities and expectations that accompany membership in the legal profession. 

2.) The mentor should assist the new lawyer in developing specific professional skills and habits necessary to gain and maintain competency in the law throughout his or her career and should assist the new lawyer in developing a network of other persons from whom the new lawyer may seek personal or professional advice or counsel when appropriate or necessary throughout the lawyer's career.

3.) The mentor should assist the new lawyer in identifying and developing specific professional skills and habits necessary to create and maintain professional relationships based upon mutual respect between the lawyer and client; the lawyer and other parties and their counsel; the lawyer and the court, including its staff; the lawyer and others working in his or her office, including both lawyers and staff; and the lawyer and the public.

4.) The mentor should introduce the new lawyer to others in the lawyer’s local or regional legal community and encourage the new lawyer to become an active part of that community.



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