A mentor is committed, caring and invaluable on the path to success. ArtWorks makes sure participants have access to experienced advice. Each participant is evaluated and matched with a senior attorney. This mentor becomes more than a friend, but an anchor in the participant’s journey. From lunch meetings to discuss a case, to invites to special events...mentors help program participants feel supported in managing clients and sharpening their legal skills. There is a requirement of two meetings per month in the first month. Thereafter, the mentor/mentee will find the right balance that works for their unique relationship.
The purpose is the program is to provide strong professional business development necessary to keep up with the trends and chances of the legal industry. Each program participant is required to meet with their business-development team once each month for the entire term. The mentor is invited to these team meetings as these meetings function to establish and check business-growth benchmarks and monitor progress. In addition to the individually-focused team meetings, the program includes several required CLE-styles workshops. These workshops cover topics such as client development and management, billing practices, financial grounding, debt management, etc.
This aspect of the program is essential! It allows participants to put their hands in the clay, so to speak. Not only are they required to work on IP matters, they are expected to take on at least one non-IP project. This requirement not only serves to diversify their resume, it is an opportunity to develop relationships outside of their chosen practice area. In some cases, this has allowed participants to explore a practice area they were curious about. One participant even switched gears fully and decided to pursue a career in criminal law.
Below is our admissions criteria: