Fostering Professionalism Through Mentoring

29 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2006

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Neil W. Hamilton

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Lisa M. Brabbit



Bar associations, law schools, and scholars are beginning to recognize the importance of formal mentor relationships as a means both to address the problems of the legal profession and to foster professionalism. Fostering Professionalism Through Mentoring first synthesizes seven principles of professionalism from the existing ABA and Conference of Chief Justice reports on professionalism. The article then evaluates the existing theoretical and empirical scholarship on the functions of mentor relationships adding the professionalism mentoring function to the existing literature on the career, psychosocial, and role modeling mentoring functions. The last section of the article outlines and analyzes the for-credit Mentor Externship at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The Mentor Externship is required for each student in each year of law school and is designed to realize the professionalism and role modeling mentoring functions.

Keywords: Professional responsibility, legal education, professionalism, mentoring

Suggested Citation

Hamilton, Neil W. and Brabbit, Lisa M., Fostering Professionalism Through Mentoring. Journal of Legal Education, 2007, U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-17, Available at SSRN:

Neil W. Hamilton (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

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Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

Lisa M. Brabbit


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