Most lawyers in their initial years of practice and beyond are not getting the support and guidance needed for making the most of these crucial years of practice.
The result of this lack of support and guidance can be seen in the mental health challenges facing the profession and the departure of many talented young people from a career in law.
Mentorship alone doesn’t meet the challenge.
Yes, law firms and organizations such as the Canadian Bar Association offer mentorship programs, but one mentor is not enough.
Individual mentors don’t have all the answers, nor the capacity to provide a high volume of support. And if the mentor is an employer, this will impact what a junior lawyer will be comfortable sharing with them.