The Women in Business Law Mentorship Program is a collaboration between the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB), the Women of Berkeley Law Association, Women of Color Collective, and the Berkeley Business Law Journal. The program matches first-year law students interested in business law with female associates from BCLB partner firms and organizations.
The program provides attorneys the opportunity to cultivate relationships with some of the brightest law students the country has to offer — women who can be expected to advance to positions of influence throughout the worlds of business and law. The relationships and trust they establish can then help them flourish in their own careers.
How the Program Works
We accept applications from interested first-year J.D. and LL.M. candidates, female attorneys from partner law firms, as well as from business and government. Attorneys and students are matched based on their interests and geographic locations.
We facilitate the mentorship by organizing an annual mixer in late January, followed by two additional networking events. The participants are encouraged to meet periodically — we recommend a commitment of 2-4 hours every month.
Our students benefit from the advice of attorneys who have just completed the transition from student to professional, and the attorneys that mentor them gain a valuable contact in their mentee. We believe that this relationship has the power to help both students and attorneys achieve their goals.
“I benefited from this mentorship from amazing women a few steps ahead of me, and I want to be a resource for women coming up after me. It makes a world of a difference to see women, especially women of color, a few steps ahead in an industry that is still male-dominated.”
–Janice Dow ’17, Attorney at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
“The Women in Business Law Initiative sets UC Berkeley apart from other schools by offering direct matching of female students with working professionals for mentorship, support and an insider’s view.”
–Maureen A. Young ’90, Senior Regulatory Counsel, Bank of the West