This is the second year that our club has cooperated with the Athena Pre-Law Society (our counterpart at Barnard College) to run a mentorship program with Columbia Law School students. This year, we had whooping 114 people in the program: 57 law student mentors and 57 undergraduate mentees!
It was particularly challenging to get this project off the ground this year, as our two clubs came to the table with vastly different visions of what the program budget and admissions criteria for mentees should be. Ultimately, though, this turned out to be a great exercise in negotiating patiently, learning which “No’s” really mean (or don’t really mean) “No,” and finding common ground. We ended up putting together an amazing joint program and I’m actually really excited to see the two clubs cooperate again next year.
The notes and photographs below are from the “Kick-Off” event that I led, together with Ashley Lee and Ayo Osobamiro from my team. Given that we had over 100 people in the program but still wanted the night to be highly interactive, we decided that it would be best to seat everyone in 10 groups of approximately 10 people each, with a CLS mentor in each circle volunteering to moderate it. These were the suggested discussion questions that we gave to our volunteer moderators:
Photos (taken by Divya):