Apply to be a Transfer Student Peer Mentor
The Transfer Student Peer Mentor Program provides incoming J.D. transfer students with an upperclass mentor during the summer and the fall of their first semester at the Law Center. Partnering with the J.D. Academic Services Office, the primary goals of the program are to support transfer students as they make the transition to Georgetown Law, to help them navigate and make the most of the many opportunities available at the Law Center, and to foster community and camaraderie among the transfer students and throughout the Law Center. Peer Mentors are typically third or fourth-year J.D. students who have transferred to Georgetown Law in a previous year.
Transfer Student Peer Mentors are expected to:
- Contact incoming transfer students in the summer before they arrive on-campus to welcome them to the Law Center and answer questions (or ease concerns) they may have about Georgetown Law and Washington, D.C.
- Participate in a Peer Mentor training session in August 2014 (date & time TBD), either in person or via conference call.
- Attend the Transfer Student Orientation session on Monday, August 25, 2014. Participation in other orientation activities offered that week, such as campus tours, service projects, informal social events and advice sessions may be required.
- Plan, host, and secure funding through the Transfer Student Association for at least two transfer student social events.
- Refer incoming transfer students to the appropriate counseling or administrative resources if they are having academic or personal difficulties (a Law Center directory/resource guide will be provided to mentors).
- Maintain regular communication (including sending periodic e-mails) with assigned mentees throughout the summer and fall semester to answer questions on a variety of issues such as Early Interview Week (EIW), time management, course selection, and student organizations.
As part of their initial training, the Office of J.D. Academic Services will provide each Transfer Student Peer Mentor with a list of transfer student frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers, a Law Center directory/resource guide, and a sample introductory e-mail to send to their mentees.
June-July: 1-2 hours per week on average mentoring incoming transfer students via e-mail and/or telephone.
August Orientation: (1) A 1-2 hour training session in August 2014 (date & time TBD); (2) Approximately 4-6 hours, including (a) attending the Transfer Student Orientation session on Monday, August 25, 2014, and (b) participating in activities such as campus tours, service projects, informal social events, and advice sessions.
Fall Semester: 1-2 hours per week on average mentoring incoming transfer students. The demands may be heavier in the summer and beginning of the fall semester as well as leading up to exams.
Each Transfer Student Peer Mentor will receive a $200.00 stipend. The stipend is to recognize the significant contributions mentors will make to the Law Center during their service, but is not intended to be hourly compensation. We are looking for candidates who are seeking this position because they have a commitment to mentoring students, fostering community, and giving back to the Law Center.
- Upperclass student entering the 3L, 3E, or 4E year in 2013-2014.
- Maturity, good judgment, and willingness to listen.
- Thoughtfulness about the challenges and opportunities transfer students face.
- A commitment to building community at the Law Center.
- Ability to carry out all Transfer Student Peer Mentor responsibilities (described above), especially keeping in touch with and being available to mentees.
- Background in peer advising, residence or student life (in college or otherwise), teaching and/or counseling.
- High level of engagement in the life of the Law Center.
If you have questions about the Transfer Student Peer Mentor role or application, please contact Gilda Mossadegh, Director, J.D. Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.