Career Services Office

Mentor Program

One of our biggest programs every year is the Alumni Mentor Program which runs during the spring semester.

Many of you may not be sure how you intend to use your law degree and will find the Alumni Mentor Program able to help you explore different options. If you already have a plan to specialize in a particular practice area, you can use the program to meet another practitioner in the field and learn more about the "real world" outside of law school classes. The program is available for 1st year/2nd semester students, 2nd year students and first semester/3rd year students.

Mentors represent a variety of career specific areas to help meet your individual career goals.

Law Firms: Specializing in a variety of practice areas, including juvenile and child welfare law, commercial and civil litigation, intellectual property, real estate, workers' compensation, family law, criminal law, and labor / employment law.

Government Sector: Specializing in a wide-array of areas, such as child support, felony criminal prosecution, labor, civil rights, and healthcare, and working in a range of offices, including the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, DuPage State's Attorney's Office, City of Chicago, and numerous other government employers.

Public Interest: Representing the interests of individuals traditionally underrepresented in the legal system, including minority groups, indigent people, children or the disabled, the incarcerated, among many others.

Corporate Sector: Focusing on areas such as banking, real estate, securities, telecommunications, as well as numerous others.

Out-of-State: If you are interested in practicing outside of Illinois, there are alumni mentors available who currently reside in other cities and states.

All mentors are John Marshall graduates who have volunteered to answer students’ questions, offer career-related advice, and help bridge the gap between the law school environment and the outside professional world. (Please remember that these alums are not participating in the program for the purpose of hiring students for job opportunities.)

During this program, students are matched with mentors in early February and then meet for the first time at a Kick-Off Reception in mid-February. After the reception, students and mentors meet again in March and a final meeting in April.

If you are a student and want to sign up for a mentor, pay close attention to your email in January as sign up is typically in the first few weeks of the spring semester.

If you are an alum and would like to volunteer as a mentor, please contact Stacia Goldstein at