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Welcome to the NCBA's Mentorship Program website. On this page, you'll learn about the mentoring program, watch helpful videos, and register to become a mentor or a protégé.

For more information on becoming a mentor or protégé, please contact Joyce Brafford at jbrafford@ncbar.org

The NCBA's Situational Mentorship Model was designed to help young lawyers get immediate help in their practice area. Protégés call a lawyer in a similar practice to get guidance on a specific issue. For instance, if you have a novel matter before you, and want help establishing what your next steps should be, the types of forms you should use, best case law, the appropriate parties to depose, etc., the NCBA can help you find a person who can give you an answer. 

If you are new to the practice of law, or to a particular field, register as a protégé. 

If you would like to be avialble to help lawyers in your practice area, register as a mentor. 

Our program was designed with three goals in mind. First, the program gives experienced practitioners an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with their mentees. Secondly, mentees will receive the benefits of a guiding hand as they begin their legal careers. Finally, the mentees will learn the importance of becoming citizen lawyers. The end goal is to help the entire legal profession by assisting young lawyers develop good character, competence and a deeper appreciation for the responsibilities of the profession.

The time commitment is minimal, and the rewards for both mentor and protégé are exceptional.

For traditional mentoring relationships: See the Mentoring Program Guidelines 

Next Steps:

Protegégés- Once you've registered for the Situational Mentoring Program, you will be sent a link which includes all the current mentors. You will have the option of contacting one or more mentor in your practice area. Remember that this list is deistributed to all protégés, so the first person listed in your practice area may recieve many more calls for help than the last person. Be respectful of each mentor's time, and remember that if he or she is unavailable, you may call another person on the list. Your mentoring relationship does not extend beyond your phone call, but you may call your mentor at a later date with help on another issue. 

Mentors- After you register, your name and contact information will be included in our master list of mentors. You may recieve calls or emails from mentees who need help with a matter. Please offer them the best guidance you can. Your mentoring relationship ends with the phone call, and you are under no obligation to continue to help the protégé. However, the same protégé may call you again in the future with questions about another issue. 

For traditional mentoring relationships: Once you've been assigned a mentor or mentee, please print Model Mentoring Plan. This plan will help you determine your goals and set your expectations for your mentoring relationship. The plan will serve as a guide for you and your mentor or mentee, and will keep you on track throughout the year. It also has some great ideas for meeting other attorneys in your county, unconventional learning experiences, and opportunities for you and your mentor or mentee to create a meaningful, lasting professional relationship. 

For more information on becoming a mentor or protégé, please contact Joyce Brafford at jbrafford@ncbar.org

Links to Other States' Mentoring Programs












Maryland Professionalism Center, Inc.




New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico



South Carolina

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